The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books (Children's Literature Association) (Hardcover)

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2023 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

In The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books, Jennifer Miller identifies an archive of over 150 English-language children's picture books that explicitly represent LGBTQ+ identities, expressions, and issues. This archive is then analyzed to explore the evolution of LGBTQ+ characters and content from the 1970s to the present. Miller describes dominant tropes that emerge in the field to analyze historical shifts in representational practices, which she suggests parallel larger sociocultural shifts in the visibility of LGBTQ+ identities. Additionally, Miller considers material constraints and possibilities affecting the production, distribution, and consumption of LGBTQ+ children's picture books from the 1970s to the present. This foundational work defines the field of LGBTQ+ children's picture books thoroughly, yet accessibly.

In addition to laying the groundwork for further research, The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books presents a reading lens, critical optimism, used to analyze the transformative potential of LGBTQ+ children's picture books. Many texts remain attached to heteronormative family forms and raced and classed models of success. However, by considering what these books put into the world, as well as problematic aspects of the world reproduced within them, Miller argues that LGBTQ+ children's picture books are an essential world-making project and seek to usher in a transformed world as well as a significant historical archive that reflects material and representational shifts in dominant and subcultural understandings of gender and sexuality.

About the Author


Jennifer Miller is a high school English teacher in Arlington, Texas. She researches LGBTQ+ children's picture books, digital culture, and subcultures. She is a contributing editor to Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: A Cross Disciplinary Approach.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781496839992
ISBN-10: 1496839994
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2022
Pages: 270
Language: English
Series: Children's Literature Association