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The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves

The Letter Q

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon (Scholastic)

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

This is such a great idea! Writing back to a younger you and encouraging yourself that you’ll make it through those difficult times. And they WERE difficult times! And what better way to tell kids today who are struggling with sexual orientation/gender identity today than with the proof that others have made themselves! I wish I had this kind of book when I was a kid. But I’m SO glad there’s some like this for kids now!

If this book means nothing to you, congratulations. It’s a lifesaver for many others. But if you teach, there’s a kid in your classroom who needs this book. If you’re a librarian (you saved my life with a book!) there are patrons who need books like this. Help others find books like this.

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