February 09, 2017

Honouring all gender identities and sexualities: Cultural competence with diverse youngCanLit


Today's post, the forth in seven, continues the series of booklists I compiled and presented at the Ontario Library Association's Superconference in Toronto recently to help individuals, schools and other institutions become culturally competent.

Today's post will focus on...


(You) set me on fire
by Mariko Tamaki
Razorbill, 2012
304 pp.
Ages 14+
2012
Popularity, sexuality, same-sex relationship, coming of age

Asha’s Mums
by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse
Illus. by Dawn Lee
Women’s Literary Press
24 pp.
Ages 5-9
1990
Same-sex parents

Chance to Dance for You
by Gail Sidonie Sobat
Great Plains Teen Fiction
172 pp.
Ages 14+
2011
Homophobia, sexuality, same-sex relationships
Review here

Crush
by Carrie Mac
Orca Book Publishers
136 pp.
Ages 14-17
2006
Sexuality, same-sex relationship

Homophobia: Deal with it and turn prejudice into pride
by Steven Solomon
Illus. by Nick Johnson
Lorimer
32 pp.
Ages 12-14
2013
Nonfiction, LGBTQ, prejudice, acceptance

Money Boy
by Paul Yee
Groundwood Books
192 pp.
Ages 13+
2011
Chinese immigrants, sexuality,  homelessness

Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis
Pajama Press
224 pp.
Ages 14+
2014
Iran, Islam, sexuality, same-sex relationship
Review here

One in Every Crowd
by Ivan Coyote
Arsenal Pulp Press
238 pp.
Ages 14-17
2012
Short stories, identity, sexuality, LGBTQ

Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community
by Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers
120 pp.
Ages 9-13
2016
Nonfiction, LGBTQ

Skim
by Mariko Tamaki
Illus. by Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Books
144 pp.
Ages 14+
2008
Coming of age, sexuality, fitting in

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
by Shyam Selvadurai
Tundra Books
280 pp.
Ages 16+
2007
Coming of age, same-sex relationships, sexuality, Sri Lanka

Switch
by Douglas Davey
Red Deer Press
 252 pp.
Ages 14+
2014
Coming of age, fitting in, bisexuality
Review here

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki
Illus. by Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Biooks
141 pp.
Ages 14+
2014
Coming of age, sexuality, fitting in
Review here

Transphobia:  Deal with it and Be a Gender Transcender
by J. Wallace Skelton
Illus. by Nick Johnson
Lorimer
32 pp.
Ages 11-14
2016
Nonfiction, transgender, acceptance, diversity

Way to Go
by Tom Ryan
Orca Book Publishers
224 pp.
Ages 12+
2012
Sexuality, coming of age, Cape Breton, post-secondary
Review here

What We Hide
by Marthe Jocelyn
Tundra Books
275 pp.
Ages 14+
2014
1960s, England, sexuality, coming of age
Review here

When Everything Feels Like the Movies
by Raziel Reid
Arsenal Pulp Press
176 pp.
Ages 14+
2014
Popularity, same-sex relationships, high school, film


I would love to add an upcoming YA novel, A Boy Like Her by Carrie Mac (Knopf) coming out in 2019, because I think it'll be a ground-breaking novel but, with few publication details, I think we'll have to wait on that one. But make sure to tuck that nugget away on your list, somewhere.



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