Celebrate Pride Month with the Libraries’ Children’s Literature Collection

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To celebrate LGBTQIA + Pride Month in June, check out these university library resources Collection of children’s literature. A virtual book display features books for children and young adults in the University of Alberta Library collections with links to teaching guides and related discussion questions.

Many of the books featured on the virtual screen are past winners of the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, a Stonewall Book Award. The Stonewall Book Awards were created by the Rainbow Roundtable of the American Libraries Association and are the oldest awards given to LGBTQIA + books. A large number of these titles are available at checkout in the Mullins Library.

“The Mullins Library’s collection of children’s books, which can be used by anyone affiliated with the university, is an essential resource for on-campus education interns preparing to become PK-12 educators,” said Laura Cameron, education librarian. “Reading and studying children’s books with LGBTQIA + content in K12 classrooms is still controversial for some, but it is essential that young gay children see themselves and their families reflected in their libraries and schools. This month’s guide focuses on books with LGBTQIA + content and includes links to related discussion questions and study guides to help prepare teachers or parents to discuss these books with children.

The collection of children’s literature is located on the lobby level of the Mullins Library in the northwest corner of the building. The collection includes books suitable for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The collection is organized into eight sections for ease of navigation: picture books, reading books, chapter and intermediate books, novels for young adults, graphic novels, traditional tales, biographies and non-fiction. Each section is identified with a five-digit code, color-coded stickers on the back and signage on the shelves.



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