Learn More Series: What’s So Dangerous About a Picture Book? : Book Bans and Queer Resistance in Children’s and YA Literature

Ten years ago, children’s and YA literature with queer or trans themes accounted for less than 20% of banned or challenged books in the US. Today they make up more than 75%. Those bans include books about kids and families, but also about penguins and worms whose tales of challenging gender norms provide critical mirrors for queer, trans, and questioning kids as young as Kindergarten.

In honor of the World-Read-a-Loud Day, join BU Diversity & Inclusion and the Center for LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff for the first of a special, two-part celebration of LGBTQIA+ themes in the kid-lit world. The event takes a deep dive into the attack on LGBTQIA-affirming books with a star panel of queer and trans book creators.

This event originally took place on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and was co-sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff.

This event is part of BU Diversity & Inclusion’s (BU D&I) Learn More Series, which explores a single topic of social importance through events, discussions, and programs throughout the year. This year, BU D&I is exploring LGBTQIA+ Identity and Experiences.