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Website with tips for queer children's books launched

This week the website queerkinderboeken.nl was launched, with the most beautiful books about gender and sexual diversity. For children themselves and to read aloud.

The books offer children reading pleasure, recognition and they show that being yourself is the most normal thing in the world, no matter who you are and who you fall in love with.

The books are selected by theme and age. All kinds of genres and levels of children's and youth literature are covered: picture books, fairy tale collections, AVI books, non-fiction, poetry collections and juvenile novels.

The website offers not only books for reading aloud, but also books that children can read themselves or that can serve as a supplement to the lessons. Teachers and educators can find inspiration for reading aloud and discover which titles should not be missing from the school library and bookshelf.

Queerkinderboeken.nl is an extension of the successful queerbooks.nl. That site focuses on young people ages twelve and up, the new site focuses on children of elementary school age. The reading tips are compiled by Zilveren Griffel-winner Pim Lammers and are supplemented four times a year with new books. All books are available at your local (online) bookstore or (school) library.

Queerkinderboeken.nl is a collaboration between COC Netherlands, the Reading Coalition and IBBY-Nederland. The site was launched during a conference of COC Netherlands and Rutgers on gender and sexual diversity in primary education.

Image: Teachers and other participants hold up queer children's books during the conference on gender and sexual diversity in primary education - PHOTO Isabell Janssen - Outsider