Today, I am visiting Beth Barany’s Blog at http://publishwithconnie.com/bethbaranysblog. Beth, like me, teaches people about writing. So, “Using Fiction to Teach a Lesson” was a logical topic to write for her bog.
“When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8” is a book that teaches about Gender Identity, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, and gender neutral), and questioning (GLBTQ). The education is less about the K-8 crowd as much as it about educating parents about how to parent GLBTQ kids and be supportive as the children have questions.
It does also teach the GLBTQ children and teens that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, and gender neutral) or questioning is okay. There are few or even no stories available where GLBTQ kids can see themselves within the pages. All kids want to feel “normal.” That’s why “When Panda Was a Boy” is a “teaching” book!
To read the full article on Beth Barany’s site, follow this link: http://publishwithconnie.com/bethbaranysblog.