The Boy Toy (1988), written by Phyllis Hacken Johnson and illustrated by Lena Shiffman, is a Lollipop Power Press publication that challenges gender stereotypes on multiple fronts.
The protagonist is a boy named Chad who loves a doll named Dan that his grandmother made him. When Chad starts school, he meets Sam, a boy who tends to police gender norms. Chad wants to impress Sam and doesn’t want him to find out about his doll, which prompts Chad to give Dan to his sister. Continue reading
I just updated my resource page. What am I missing? I’m happy to add blogs or other resources about diverse, socially engaged, children’s literature!
I’ve been researching LGBTQ children’s literature for the past two years and my article, For the Little Queers: Imagining Queerness in “New” Queer Children’s Literature, is now available in the Journal of Homosexuality.