LGBT-friendly Children's Material

Q.  We are beginning an outreach program to address issues of gender in the pre K-3 grade classroom.   We are looking for material for early readers that is particularly adept at portraying non-stereotypical gender roles and that addresses LGBT issues in age appropriate ways.  Can you guide me to any resources, book lists, etc.?

A. A good starting place is with the various recommended reading lists, or award-winning books, prepared by several divisions and other units of the American Library Association.  A guide to these has been prepared as ALA Library Fact Sheet 23: Recommended Reading.  Two awards, in particular, address your particular needs: the Stonewall Awards and the Rainbow Project.  We have gathered additional resources for services to Gay Populations on the ALA Library's Professional Tips Wiki.