Archive for the ‘GLBTQ’ Category

It’s about time

When I first began forwordsbooks, which believe it or not was before blogs, Amazon.com, and cell phones you could carry in your purse or pocket, the Director of a Jewish Preschool, asked me to find some books that reflected “different families.”  At the time, this was almost 21 years ago, “different families” was code for “same-sex couple with a child in the preschool.”

I searched. And I searched. And I searched some more. Thankfully, a new book had just been published that met her needs and satisfied her Jewish criteria,  Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman. Illustrated by Diane Souza.  © 2009, Alysson Books. (This is the 20th Anniversary edition.) Fortunately, it was a winner and has remained a winner.

Thankfully, 20 years later, there are many more books that I would be able to present to this Preschool Director should she require my assistance again, like these two:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. Illustrated by Peter Parnell. © 2005, Simon and Schuster Books for Children.

The Family Book. Written and illustrated by Todd Parr. © 2003, Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Unfortunately, what I would not be able to supply her with, would be a list of children’s picture books that reflect a Jewish-GLBT theme. Hopefully, that is about to change.

It is my pleasure to pass along that Keshet, the organization that works tirelessly for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews into Jewish life, has just announced a Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest!  They are looking for an 800-1000 word FICTIONAL  Jewish children’s  picture book manuscript with a GLBT family or character. All the information you need is on the Keshet website.  However, here is some insider info – if the winning manuscript is fantastic and really rocks the judges, it might (that’s a very large, it better be really good, MIGHT) get published!

So come on people, you know you want to write a children’s book, here is a great opportunity. Think of all the possibilities: Baby Naming’s, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings and those are just the life cycle events. What about all those holidays, with all those relatives? Imagine them from a child’s point of view…

Happy Reading and Writing,

Kathy B.

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