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Heather is 25! So, What Literature Featuring Gays and Lesbians is Available for Primary Grades Today?

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Heather is 25! So, What Literature Featuring Gays and Lesbians is Available for Primary Grades Today?

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Moller, Karla J.

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Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English

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2014

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In this paper I consider the children's literature featuring gays and lesbians that is available for use by educators today. The handful of initial offerings from the 1970s through the early 1990s took a fairly didactic approach to the topic of same-sex parents and family members. Although they filled a serious gap and provided opportunities for children to experience literature that may have reflected the realities of their lives, often missing were the robust aesthetic qualities—of both art and language—of the most beloved children's literature. In order to assure strong classroom collections that can stand the test of potential challenges and to model respect for diversity through a wide-angle lens, it behooves educators to apply the same criteria to books with gay and lesbian characters as to other books—examining literary and aesthetic aspects and considering accuracy and authenticity, as well as overall engagement potential, curricular connections, and balance—as we select for use in the limited time span of a typical teaching day.

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Katie Arthur

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