Are you a public or school librarian interested in serving LGBTQ+ teens and their allies via your collection development and readers advisory work? LGBTQ+ teens and their issues have become increasingly visible in contemporary society. YA literature has developed at a somewhat slower pace, but there are now hundreds of books (fiction, nonfiction, comics and graphic novels) available.
This body of literature has grown and expanded over time, going from an average of one book per year in the 1970s to over one hundred per year in the 2010s. The literature has also expanded in content—the earliest were realistic fiction but the numbers have grown to include a broad range of fiction genres, plus nonfiction and graphic novels. How best to identify these books? What criteria may be used to evaluate them? What are effective strategies for making them visible and available to potential readers?
At a glance
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- Topics YA literature with LGBTQ+ content: past, present, and future
- Finding and evaluating contemporary titles
- Trends in fiction, nonfiction, and comics/graphic novels
- Reading, discussing, and sharing LGBTQ+ literature for youth
- Promoting and defending the collection
A pass/fail grade is based on completion of short assignments that pertain to weekly lectures and actively participating in online discussions. The course is designed with working people in mind and assignments will be relevant and practical.
Dr. Christine A. Jenkins is Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she taught courses in young adult literature and resources, the history of children’s literature, youth services librarianship, and literacy, reading, and readers. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at the UW-Madison’s Information School. Earlier in her career she worked as an elementary and secondary school librarian in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She is co-author (with Michael Cart) of three books on young adult literature with LGBTQ+ content, most recently Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content since 1969 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). She lives in Minneapolis, MN.