LGBTQ Inclusivity: utilizing books to help navigate gender and sexuality.
While visiting family for the holidays, I had attended a storytime event at a library with my own children. I love seeing the children’s sections at different libraries. Each has a different way of creating a safe space for engaging children in reading. This specific library we were visiting had built a giant cardboard pumpkin. This pumpkin was filled with tunnels for the kids to crawl through. It was enclosed enough to make the space private for the little explorers. But also had occasional windows for the adults to peer in. The pumpkin also had a ton of little cozy nooks filled with pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, and small cardboard shelves that proudly displayed books relevant to pumpkins and the holidays. If I was smaller, I would have gladly crawled through and snuggled up with a book in one of the pumpkin nooks.