Lifelines Episode 15 – Bookshelves that Respect LGBTQ Students


In Episode 15 our focus is on ensuring that LGBTQ students see themselves on our bookshelves. Saadia will share recommendations for good books with LGBTQ characters and then Ann will share her conversation with author K. A. Holt, who recently released a survey that explores the dynamics involved when educators want to put diverse titles on their shelves but are worried there might be consequences.

Here is a link to K. A. Holt’s Nerdy Book Club Blog Post about the Survey: “No More Ghosts”

Saadia’s Recommended Titles

AND TANGO MAKES THREE written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole.
FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES written by Susan Lang and illustrated by Max Lang.
I AM JAZZ written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
INTRODUCING TEDDY by Jessica Walton, art by Dougal MacPherson
RED: A CRAYON’S STORY by Michael Hall
NEITHER by Airlie Anderson
JACOB’S NEW DRESS written by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case
SPARKLE BOY written by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Maria Mola
PRIDE: THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steve Salerno
IVY ABERDEENS LETTER TO THE WORLD written by Ashley Herring Blake
HURRICANE CHILD by Kheryn Callender
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE written by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
ONE TRUE WAY by Susan Hitchcock
P.S. I MISS YOU by Jen Petro-Roy