Controversial Books in the Public Library: A Comparative Survey of Holdings of Gay-Related Children's Picture Books

  title={Controversial Books in the Public Library: A Comparative Survey of Holdings of Gay-Related Children's Picture Books},
  author={Alexa Spence},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={335 - 379}
  • A. Spence
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Education
  • The Library Quarterly
This study examines an area of book publishing that has generated some controversy for public libraries. A checklist of thirty English-language children's picture books with gay characters or gay-related contents is presented. "Picture book" is broadly defined to include highly illustrated works of various degrees of difficulty which are directed to an audience aged from approximately four to eleven. Titles were checked against the catalogs of 101 public library systems to determine number of… 
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