In celebration of Pride Month, Listening Library and Penguin Young Readers have just launched a new resource for LGBTQ teens, parents, teachers and librarians: Read Proud Listen Proud. Readers can find suggested books and audiobooks highlighting LGBTQ issues and characters who are positive role models, along with author interviews and discussion guides at www.readproudlistenproud.com (full announcement below). The site was inspired by the We Need Diverse Books movement and award-winning author Ann Bausum’s recent book, STONEWALL, one of the first nonfiction chronicles of the gay rights movement written for young adults.
Now more than ever, we need to continue to encourage conversations about LGBTQ issues with young adults. While the Stonewall Inn was just named a historic landmark this week and the Supreme Court is set to release their decision regarding same-sex marriage any day, a teacher in North Carolina was recently forced to resign after reading a fairy tale featuring two princes in love to his students, and eight states restrict or forbid talking about LGBTQ issues in public schools.
Stories are an incredibly powerful way to spread a positive message of tolerance and respect and to spark dialogue, and Listening Library and Penguin Young Readers are committed to publishing books and audiobooks that LGBTQ teens can see themselves in. The two publishers will be launching the site at this weekend’s American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco, giving away thousands of pairs of rainbow-colored sunglasses at the San Francisco Pride Parade and the Moscone Convention Center.
I hope you’ll check out the site and consider sharing this news! Please be in touch if you have any questions.
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