Snapshots of LGBTQ Kid Lit

Maya Gonzalez’s The Gender Wheel (2017)

The Gender Wheel (2017), written and illustrated by Maya Gonzalez, introduces readers to gender diversity through the concept of a “gender wheel.” Gonzalez’s images are warm and inviting. She illustrates her characters in a range of skin-tones with a variety of gender expressions. The commendable purpose of the book is […]

Lesléa Newman’s Donovan’s Big Day (2011)

Donovan’s Big Day (2011), written by the prolific and talented Lesléa Newman and charmingly illustrated by Mike Dutton, unfolds from the point-of-view of a young boy excitedly getting ready for his moms’ wedding ceremony. Donovan is about nine-years-old with brown hair, green eyes, and pale white skin. His boyish bedroom […]

Airlie Anderson’s Neither (2018)

Neither (2018), created by Airlie Anderson, is a study in collapsing binaries. It’s both silly and serious, or perhaps neither of those things, depending on your point-of-view. Anderson’s book opens like a fairy tale and reads like an allegory. Once upon a time, in a far way place named the […]