The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books

Univ. of Mississippi. (Children’s Literature Association). May 2022. 270p. Tr $99. ISBN 9781496839992; pap. $25. ISBN 9781496840004.
This offering presents an in-depth analysis of over 40 years of children’s books. Rooted in a cultural studies perspective, Miller has compiled an archive of over 150 books published between 1972 and 2018, which is included in the appendix of this book. Miller’s deep exploration of this archive includes attention to dominant and shifting tropes in LGBTQIA+ texts for children, as well as a call for others to continue to approach LGBTQIA+ picture books with what she terms “critical optimism” to propel scholarship and understanding moving forward. It discusses the power that these works have in world-making and identity-forming. Over 15 black-and-white images and five charts break up the text.
VERDICT Recommended for all academic shelves serving adolescent literature scholars.

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