Reading the Rainbow

ebook LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom · Language and Literacy

By Caitlin L. Ryan

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Drawing on examples of teaching from elementary school classrooms, this timely book for practitioners explains why LGBTQ-inclusive literacy instruction is possible, relevant, and necessary in grades K–5. The authors show how expanding the English language arts curriculum to include representations of LGBTQ people and themes will benefit all students, allowing them to participate in a truly inclusive classroom. The text describes three different approaches that address the limitations, pressures, and possibilities that teachers in various contexts face around these topics. The authors make clear what LGBTQ-inclusive literacy teaching can look like in practice, including what teachers might say and how students might respond.

"Reading the Rainbow is a terrific, nuanced, practical resource that many ELA teachers should come to value. Children in their classrooms, whatever their identities, will be the better for it."


"Reading the Rainbow invites us to enact justice in our classrooms as we honor our students' rights and work to foster equity."

—From the Foreword by Mariana Souto-Manning, Teachers College, Columbia University

"The field has been hungry for this book! It will allow elementary teachers to make immediate and impactful change in their classrooms."

—Elizabeth Dutro, University of Colorado Boulder

"This is a warm and vigorous invitation for teachers to create more equitable classrooms where the full humanity of students is honored."

—Mollie V. Blackburn, Ohio State University

Reading the Rainbow