Monday, November 1, 2010

ALA Adds Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature


Link to AP story in the November 1 Charlotte Observer, "Kids' book prizes to include gay and lesbian award".

Excerpt: An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association's annual announcement of children's prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.

The library association issued a statement Monday saying that the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award has been added to the ALA's Youth Media Awards, watched closely by educators and librarians as they decide which books to add to their collections. The Stonewall prize honors "English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience." Stonewall awards for adult books were started nearly 40 years ago, but the children's category only now

Awaiting a reaction here.

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