Shining a light on LGBTQIA+ characters and life experiences is crucial in ensuring that all students are able to see themselves reflected in the literature they read. It also helps to create and nurture a culture of positivity and collaboration in the classroom and beyond.

These books incorporate and celebrate LGBTQIA+ themes and experiences. They present thoughtful stories around concepts like acceptance, secrets, and struggles. These stories will give a voice to students who have at times felt like no one is listening.

“The ability for a child to see themselves, a peer, or a family member reflected in a book is priceless,” says Kieran Slattery, a fifth-grade teacher who identifies as a queer transgender man in western Massachusetts. “For some, it can be truly life-changing. It can mean the difference between feeling devastatingly alone to feeling like there’s a place for them in the world.”

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