- Last Crafts-to-Go
- Spider craft
- 2019-2021 LGBTQ+ and Gender Nonconforming Picture Books for Younger Readers at Takoma Park MD Library
- New LGBTQ+books for teens & tweens
- Picture books, beginning readers, and poetry
- New cicada books at the library!
- Bonjour! New French children’s books
- New books!
- New kids and young adult books at the Takoma Park MD Library!
- Uses for Boys
2019-2021 LGBTQ+ and Gender Nonconforming Picture Books for Younger Readers at Takoma Park MD Library
We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
Rick by Alex Gino
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb
A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G. and Jules Zuckerberg
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
Identity: A Story of Transitioning by Corey Maison
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Be Gay, Do Comics: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire by The Nib
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie
Out: How To Be Your Authentic Self by Miles McKenna
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy
We have lots of new French kids books, for young kids to teens (or adults who are learning or brushing up on their French.) Check them out!
Picture books, some nonfiction
I shouldn’t have loved Uses for Boys like I did, given the possibilities for sensationalism and exploitation in the subject matter. Somehow this book evokes Go Ask Alice and the work of Ellen Hopkins–not my faves–yet I still thought it a powerful portrait of a girl losing herself. Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s writing is controlled and spare, magical and true.
Scheidt thanks YA author Francesca Lia Block, who writes with a similar poetic touch about a similar milieu. Weetzie Bat readers will be impressed by Scheidt’s much darker work about girls wearing thrift shop outfits hungering for a good meal or familial intimacy. Scheidt’s descriptions, tone, and voice evoked Block’s. Their writing shares a lyrical and delicate fairy tale aspect, but I found Scheidt to be much more mature and skillful. I don’t want to pick on Block, who I will always have a fondness for as a teenage dangerous angel looking for something real, yet sparkly to read, but Scheidt has the best of Block’s sparkle without the long lists of her favorite things and romanticizing of eating disorders. This is a serious book that could have been marketed to adults, similar perhaps to The Lovely Bones.
The only attention Anna receives is from boys. She is passive, scared, neglected, and alone. She needs a family but gets a bunch of terrible boys’ attention, bullying, and abuse instead. Anna is neglected by her mother, a woman who is only validated by the attention of men, who always has a new boyfriend or husband, who can’t get close to Anna. It’s hard for me to understand how Anna’s mother can so profoundly abandon her after being close to her as a child. The way that Anna is repeatedly failed by adults in his book is infuriating. It seemed unrealistic to me, though I could be wrong and I hope that I am.
The plot description does not do justice to Scheidt’s writing, which I should also say can be extremely upsetting. I would recommend this only to older teens because of the graphic descriptions of Anna’s abuse, relationships, and general alienation. It’s triggering stuff, but written with an uncommon beauty. I believe that girls should be prepared for the world and for the possible manipulation and lack of empathy of others without being driven to fear and anxiety.