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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

LBGTQIA: Picture Books

10,000 dresses / Marcus Ewert.  2010. Fic E949t.   Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself. 

19 girls and me / Darcy Pattison.  2006. Fic P321n.    John Hercules is worried about being the only boy in his kindergarten class, but after the first week he stops worrying.

All I want to be is me / Phyllis Rothblatt.  2011.  306.778 R8459a.  Reflects the diverse ways that young children experience and express their gender identity; depicts children of different ethnic backgrounds, abilities and family configurations

Allie’s basketball dream / Barbara E. Barber.  1996.  Fic B2341a.   Determined in her effort to play basketball, a young Afro-American girl gives it one more shot with the support of a special friend.

Backwards day / S. Bear Bergman.  2012.  Fic B4992b.  For one day every year on the planet Tenalp, everything is backwards. So why didn’t Andrea turn into a boy on Backwards Day this year? And why did she turn into a boy the very next day?

The Basket ball / Esmé Raji Codell.  2011. Fic C6696b.  After the boys won’t let her join in their basketball game, Lulu decides to host a Basket Ball, where girls from all over come to participate and, with Lulu as captain, end up forming a special team.

Be who you are / Jennifer Carr.  2010.  Fic C3117b.  Nick was born in a boy’s body, but has always felt like a girl inside. Nick’s family supports him when he says he no longer wants to be called a boy or dress like a boy.  With their support, Nick expresses a desire to be addressed as "she", and then to be named "Hope." Based on the author’s experiences with her children.

Beautiful warrior: the legend of the Nun’s Kung Fu / Emily Arnold McCully.  1998. Fic M1338b.
Multilayered story of two legendary women warriors, Wu Mei, the "beautiful warrior", and her most famous pupil, Mingyi, set in the vibrant colors of China.

By George, Bloomers! / Judith St. George.   1976.  Fic S139b.  Eight-year-old Hannah meets with her mother’s disapproval when she wants to wear the new women’s garment, bloomers, which cause a mild sensation when they are introduced in the mid-nineteenth century.  (46 p.)

Daddy’s roommate / Michael Willhoite.  1990. Fic W7144d.   A young boy discusses his divorced father’s new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living.

Heather has two mommies / Lesléa Newman.  1989.  Fic N553h.  When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.

I am Jazz / Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings. 2014.  920.72 J543h.  Story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

Independent dames: what you never knew about the women and girls of the American Revolution / Laurie Halse Anderson.  2008. 973.3082 A5478i.  Superbly researched information and thoughtfully detailed illustrations provide an entertaining and informative homage to women who fought in the American Revolution.

In our mothers’ house / Patricia Polacco.  2009.  Fic P7621ino.  Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.

Jacob’s new dress / Sarah and Ian Hoffman.  2014. Fic H7112j.  Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

Justin and the best biscuits in the world / Mildred Pitts Walter.  1986.  Fic W2333j. Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women’s work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather’s ranch.

My princess boy / Cheryl Kilodavis.  2009. 306.778 K488m.   The tale of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying "traditional girl" things like jewelry, sparkles, or anything pink.  Inspired by the author’s own son, and by her own struggles to understand.

Not all princesses dress in pink / Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple.  2010. Fic Y549n.  Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.

Oliver Button is a sissy / Tomie dePaola.  1979.  Fic D419o.  A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he’d rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports.

The paper bag princess / Robert N. Munsch.  1980.  Fic M969p. Elizabeth decides to chase the dragon and get Ronald back.  Story reverses the princess and dragon stereotype.

The princess knight / Cornelia Funke.  2004. Fic F982g.    Violetta, a little princess, is determined to become as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly teaches herself to become the bravest and cleverest knight in the land until she must face the king’s best knights in a jousting tournament. Will she be ready?

Princesses can be pirates too! / Christi Zellerhoff.  2012. Fic Z51p.  Proves that just because a girl is wearing a crown and pink fluffy dress doesn’t mean she can’t act like a pirate just as good as any boy.

Punxsutawney Phyllis / Susanna Leonard Hill.  2005. Fic H648p.   Although she can predict the weather much better than the boys in her family, no one thinks that Phyllis the groundhog has a chance of replacing the aging Punxsutawney Phil when Groundhog Day’s official groundhog retires.

Red: a crayon’s story / Michael Hall.  2015.  Fic H1783r.  Red’s factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

Rickshaw girl / Mitali Perkins.  2007. Fic P4496r.  In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.

Roland Humphrey is wearing a what? / Eileen Kiernan-Johnson.  2012.  Fic K475r.  Roland Humphrey is a little boy who likes sparkly things and bright colors. He likes both sports and ballet, and doesn’t understand why girls can like both but not boys. Will he bow to peer pressure, or follow his heart and be the authentic Roland Humphrey?

Ruby’s wish / Shirin Yim Bridges.  2002. Fic B8518r.  In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.

A strong right arm: the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson / Michelle Y. Green.  2002.   920.72 J68g.  From the time she insists on trying out for the all-male all-white Police Athletic League team until she becomes one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, this biography of Mamie Johnson's life shows that courage-and a fierce curveball-can make a childhood dream come true.

Talkin’ about Bessie: the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman / Nikki Grimes.  2002. OVERSIZE 920.72 C716g.  Biography of the woman who became the first licensed female African American pilot.

And Tango makes three / Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell.  Fic R523a.  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.

Texas tomboy/ Lois Lenski.   1950. Fic L573t.   Charlotte Clarissa is used to the healthy rigors of ranch life and hates the confines of school until she learns a good cowhand always obeys orders and must know arithmetic.

Tough Boris / Mem Fox.  1994.  Fic F79305to.  Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.

Virgie goes to school with us boys / Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard.  2000.  Fic H8486v.
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.

When Kayla was Kyle / Amy Fabrikant.  2013. 306.768 F126w.   Kyle doesn’t understand why the other kids at school call him names. He looks like other boys, but doesn’t feel like them. Can Kyle find the words to share his feelings about his gender -- and can his parents help him to transition into the girl he was born to be?

William’s doll / Zolotow, Charlotte.  1972.  Fic Z86wi.   William’s father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.

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