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Pride month at jacobs library

06/08/2023 02:03:32 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

It’s PRIDE Month

Read Pride: An Up-to-the-minute List of Kids Books with LGBT Characters -  Tablet MagazineAlthough each of us should be proud of who we are every month of the year, June is officially PRIDE month, celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ population.

Jewish literature has always dealt with the issues of the day: Heather Has two Mommies (1989) by Jewish writer Leslea Newman was a breakthrough book for young children. In an updated edition, it is still a go to book for the intended audience.

The first specifically Jewish picture book about an LGBTQ family was Kushner’s The Purim Superhero (2013). With its Jewish setting and matter-of-fact story, the book gained a wide audience.

In the years since these books, there have been many mainstream books dealing with the everyday joys and challenges of LGBTQ characters- from comedies to tragedies, stories of love and friendship, fantasies and mysteries.


Below are a few worthwhile books out of the scores available to be enjoyed by any reader:

(Books are listed by publication date)

2023    Hemon            The World and All its Holes. A WWI novel of love, memory and history.
2022    Gephart           Abby, Tried and True. Abby’s mother is a lesbian.
2022    Lamb               When Angels Left the Old Country. An angel and demon are study partners.
2022    Sass                Ellen Outside the Lines. 13 year old neurodivergent Ellen deals with her multiple  Identities (J)
2022    Twitty               Koshersoul. Explores the author’s identity as a Black gay Jew.
2021    Polydorus         The City Beautiful. A historical mystery-fantasy set in 1893 Chicago. (YA)
2020    Lehrer              Golem Girl. Born with spina bifida, Rena is challenged  on many levels.
2020    Lewis                The Rabbi who Prayed with Fire. A young rabbi finds love in this mystery. (J)
2018    Colbert             Little & Lion. A Black Jewish girl struggles to define herself. (YA)
2019    Thorn               It Feels Good to be Yourself: a book about gender identity. (Parenting)    
2016    Gordon            The Flower Girl Wore Celery. A sweet book about a misunderstanding. (Picture)
2012    Ladin                Through the Door of Life: a Jewish journey between genders
2009                            Torah Queeries: weekly commentaries on the Hebrew Bible
2006    Alderman         Disobedience. A  woman returns to the strict Orthodox community she fled.

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