Focus on MY Family: An Analysis of Gay-Themed Picturebooks & Public Library Services for LGBTQ Children and Children with Same-Sex Parents

to Dr. Jaimie Campbell Naidoo, professor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies


His research project will focus on analyzing the quality of gay-themed picturebooks available in the U.S., as well as selected public library holdings of these books. In addition, Naidoo will also examine the types and quality of library services available to LGBT families, particularly in areas of the country with a significant percentage of same-sex families. The project was submitted under this year’s Research Topic 2 – Diversity and Library Services to LGBTQ Communities.

Resulting publications & presentations:

  • Naidoo, J. C. "Picturing My Family: A Critical Analysis of International Picture Books Depicting Same-Sex Households and Gay Themes,” ALISE 2010 Work-In-Progress Poster Session, ALISE Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2010.
  • Naidoo, J. C. “Focus on MY Family First: Public Library Services to Gender-Variant Children and Children of Same-Sex Parents in U.S. Cities with High Concentrations of Same-Sex Families with Children,” 2010 College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Discerning Diverse Voices Diversity Research Symposium, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, March 2010.
  • Naidoo, J. C. “Focus on the MY Family: Public Library Collections & Services for Gender Variant Children and Children with LGBTQ Parents,” National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Princeton, New Jersey, July 2010.
  • Naidoo, J. C. “When Will They Focus on MY Family?: Queer Families Competing for Equal Public Library Services,” 2011 ALISE Annual Conference, San Diego, California, January 2011.
  • Naidoo, J. C. (April 2012). Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2008 - Winner(s)