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Ally Week   Tags: 2011, book list, lgbtq  

One way to be an ally is to fill your bookshelf with stories and books where the characters are LGBTQ. If you're a parent, read stories with LGBTQ characters. If you're a kid, open up the pages of a book featuring LGBTQ kids & families.
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Picture Books

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Not Every Princess - Jeffrey Bone; Lisa Bone; Valeria Docampo (Illustrator)
"After listing activities that are stereotypically, but not always, attributed to princesses, fairies, pirates, superheroes, and more, encourages the reader to imagine what one could be, despite others' expectations." - Follett

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This Day in June - Gayle E. Pitman; Kristyna Litten (Illustrator)
"Filled with saturated colors and vivid illustrations, this picture book uses rhyming couplets to convey the fun and exuberate feelings assocated with a pride parade for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and families." SLJ

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A Is for Activist - Innosanto Nagara
"Not your typical alphabet board book, this one packs a powerful message both visually as well as verbally." -SLJ

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Donovan's Big Day - Lesleá Newman; Mike Dutton (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2011-04-26
"From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers." (CIP)

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Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson
"This quiet, intense picture book is about the small actions that can haunt. . ." - Booklist

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It's Okay to Be Different - Todd Parr
"Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as being a different color, needing some help, being adopted, and having a different nose." (CIP)

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Daddy, Papa, and Me - Carol Thompson (Illustrator); Lesleá Newman
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
"Illustrations and rhyming text describe a toddler spending the day with his two daddies." (CIP)

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Mommy, Mama, and Me - Carol Thompson (Illustrator); Lesleá Newman
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
"Illustrations and rhyming text describe a toddler spending the day with his two mommies." (CIP)

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My Princess Boy - Cheryl Kilodavis; Suzanne DeSimone (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2010-12-21
"A mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up." (CIP)

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The Different Dragon - Jennifer Bryan
"A young boy, who has two mothers, helps one of his moms create a bedtime story in which he helps a dragon cope with his differences." (CIP)

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10,000 Dresses - Rex Ray (Illustrator); Marcus Ewert
Publication Date: 2008-11-04
"Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself." (CIP)

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator); Sarah Brannen
Publication Date: 2008-03-27
"Chloe is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby--and to Uncle Jamie, too." (CIP)

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ABC: A Family Alphabet Book - Bobbie Coombs
"Teaches young readers the alphabet by associating each letter with a scene involving an alternative family." (CIP)

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A Sweet Smell of Roses - Angela Johnson; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
"This quiet, gentle story pays tribute to the many unnamed children who participated in the African-American struggle for civil rights." (SLJ)

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And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson
"At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches." (CIP)

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Be the Change - Arun Gandhi; Bethany Hegedus; Evan Turk (Illustrator)
"Following Grandfather Gandhi, this title finds young Arun at his grandfather's ashram, or "service village."" (SLJ)

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I Have the Right to Be a Child - Alain Serres; Aurélia Fronty (Illustrator); Helen Mixter (Translator)
"I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart, and rights. I have the right to a first name, a last name, a family that smiles at me, and a country that is my home. I have the right to have enough food to eat and water to drink so that I can grow."

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Preaching to the Chickens - Jabari Asim; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
"Luminous artwork and stirring text shed light on the childhood of one of America's most respected civil rights leaders." (SLJ)

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My Two Blankets - Irena Kobald; Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
"Loneliness, cultural displacement, tentative friendship, and an explosion of sharing and kindness are accessible even to very young readers...An amazingly lovely import." (Kirkus)



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George - Alex Gino
"When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl." -Scholastic

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The Center of Everything - Linda Urban
"Ruby Pepperdine thinks her life is perfect until her best friend gets mad at her and her grandmother, Gigi, passes away, and looks forward to setting things right when she reads her prize-winning essay at the Bunning Day Parade." CIP

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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher - Dana Alison Levy
"Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys in Kindergarten through sixth grade, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor." (Follett)

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Save Me a Seat - Sarah Weeks; Gita Varadarajan
"Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week." (Publisher)

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Star-Crossed - Barbara Dee
"Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel." (from publisher)



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Zach's Story - Keith Elliot Greenburg
"Eleven-year-old Zack talks about his life with his lesbian mother and his "second mother" in an attractively appointed photo-essay that is part of the Meeting the Challenge series." (Booklist)

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Who's In A Family - Robert Skutch
"Shows the various combinations of individuals that can make up a family, emphasizing the positive aspects of different family structures." (CIP)

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Love Makes a Family - Peggy Gillespie, Kath Weston, Gigi Kaeser, April Martin
"Love makes a family : portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their families." (CIP)

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Respecting the Contributions of LGBT Americans - Anna Kingston
A brief history highlighting the struggles and victories of LGBT Americans.

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The Case for Loving - Selina Alko (Illustrator); Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
"A much-needed work on a historical court case that made the ultimate difference on mixed race families that will resonate with contemporary civil rights battles." (SLJ)

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I Am Jazz - Jessica Herthel; Jazz Jennings; Shelagh McNicholas (Illustrator)
"From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body." (SLJ)

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