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Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content

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Highlighting titles for children from infancy to age 11, Rainbow Family Collections examines over 250 children's picture books, informational books, and chapter books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Each entry in Rainbow Family Collections supplies a synopsis of the title's content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestion Highlighting titles for children from infancy to age 11, Rainbow Family Collections examines over 250 children's picture books, informational books, and chapter books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Each entry in Rainbow Family Collections supplies a synopsis of the title's content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestions for librarians considering acquisition. The book also provides a brief historical overview of LGBTQ children's literature along with the major book awards for this genre, tips on planning welcoming spaces and offering effective library service to this population, and a list of criteria for selecting the best books with this content. Interviews with authors and key individuals in LGBTQ children's book publishing are also featured.


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Highlighting titles for children from infancy to age 11, Rainbow Family Collections examines over 250 children's picture books, informational books, and chapter books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Each entry in Rainbow Family Collections supplies a synopsis of the title's content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestion Highlighting titles for children from infancy to age 11, Rainbow Family Collections examines over 250 children's picture books, informational books, and chapter books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Each entry in Rainbow Family Collections supplies a synopsis of the title's content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestions for librarians considering acquisition. The book also provides a brief historical overview of LGBTQ children's literature along with the major book awards for this genre, tips on planning welcoming spaces and offering effective library service to this population, and a list of criteria for selecting the best books with this content. Interviews with authors and key individuals in LGBTQ children's book publishing are also featured.

38 review for Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenna (Falling Letters)

    I wrote the following annotation in Jan. 2019 for a course on children's services: In Rainbow Family Collections, Naidoo explores how libraries can serve rainbow families by developing children’s collections that include queer content. The first section describes the experiences and needs of rainbow families and how to provide them with inclusive library service. As Naidoo notes, this section may be particularly educational for those with the misconception that they do not serve rainbow families. I wrote the following annotation in Jan. 2019 for a course on children's services: In Rainbow Family Collections, Naidoo explores how libraries can serve rainbow families by developing children’s collections that include queer content. The first section describes the experiences and needs of rainbow families and how to provide them with inclusive library service. As Naidoo notes, this section may be particularly educational for those with the misconception that they do not serve rainbow families. The second section offers an overview of queer content in children’s literature, including its history, critical considerations, awards, and a framework for selecting materials. Naidoo includes two questionnaires to evaluate books with queer characters and to evaluate gender roles. The remaining two sections of the book include critical annotations on a variety of +250 children’s texts, followed by an extensive and diverse list of further resources. Although Rainbow Family Collections was published in 2012 and thus does not cover the variety of recently published books with queer content, the text remains beneficial particularly because it describes recommended and non-recommended texts with which librarians may be unfamiliar due to challenges with subject access.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    A very good resource for LGBTQ inclusive children’s literature. Some of the info is a bit dated now, as there are more options now, but it is a good start for developing a collection that is representative of all people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bowles

    Naidoo, J. C. (2012). Rainbow family collections: selecting and using children’s books with lesbian, gay , bisexual, transgender, and queer content. New York, NY: Libraries Unlimited. Citation by: Kelly Bowles Type of Reference: Bibliographies Call Number: Ref 028.1 Content/Scope: Highlights titles for children from infancy through age 11 featuring LGBTQ content. Includes each title's content, awards, reviews and suggestions for librarians considering acquisition. Naidoo may attempt to squeeze too Naidoo, J. C. (2012). Rainbow family collections: selecting and using children’s books with lesbian, gay , bisexual, transgender, and queer content. New York, NY: Libraries Unlimited. Citation by: Kelly Bowles Type of Reference: Bibliographies Call Number: Ref 028.1 Content/Scope: Highlights titles for children from infancy through age 11 featuring LGBTQ content. Includes each title's content, awards, reviews and suggestions for librarians considering acquisition. Naidoo may attempt to squeeze too much information into just one volume. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Is Most Highly Recommended by H.W. Wilson Children's Core Collection. Printed by Libraries Unlimited, a well-known international publishing company. Arrangement/Presentation: This book provides titles of texts with a synopsis of the content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestions for librarians considering acquisition. The book also provides a brief historical overview of LGBTQ children's literature along with the major book awards for this genre. The book is broken up into four sections: "Rainbow families and libraries," LGBTQ Content in Children's Literature," "Materials with LGBTQ Content for Children," and "Resources." Bibliographical references and four different indexes are included. Relation to other works: Many libraries, especially school libraries, are still struggling to reach gay and lesbian families. This book seeks to fill in the gaps under the notion that an inclusive collection will help families feel welcome. Accessibility/Diversity: Includes titles across the LGBTQ spectrum respectfully and tastefully. Provides resources of informational books biographies, and even LGBTQ children's media. Cost: $50.00 Professional Review: McKellar, S. (2012). Rainbow family collections. School Library Journal. 58(10) p. 161.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Now if only the library (where I found this book) would read it and add some of the suggestions to their collection!

  5. 5 out of 5

    A

  6. 4 out of 5

    sharon

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle-ann Mcpherson

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Izard

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Green

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    This is an absolutely amazing guide for anyone trying to develop an LGBT+ children's collection. There are bajillions of titles here I didn't find on my own, and I've been actively looking for years, so anyone interested in queer children's lit should get a copy ASAP. This is an absolutely amazing guide for anyone trying to develop an LGBT+ children's collection. There are bajillions of titles here I didn't find on my own, and I've been actively looking for years, so anyone interested in queer children's lit should get a copy ASAP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Anita

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    Sancha

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    Allison

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    Zaid Alani

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    Ben

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    Benjamin Thornton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

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    Jayden Hettinger

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

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    Rachel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Cantrell

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mina

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Dahlen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen Bogart

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Jensen

  31. 4 out of 5

    April Sanders

  32. 4 out of 5

    Lgbt Youth Literature Project

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    Sam

  34. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Tattooedlady

  35. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  36. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  38. 4 out of 5

    Pbj

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