World’s largest kids book publisher, Scholastic, puts out ‘Pride Guide’ reading list, glossary for teachers

If it’s June, it must be time for the education establishment to fall all over itself pandering to – and some would argue recruiting for – the LGBTQ lobby through recognition of “Gay…

If it’s June, it must be time for the education establishment to fall all over itself pandering to – and some would argue recruiting for – the LGBTQ lobby through recognition of “Gay Pride” month.   

Indeed, Scholastic, the once-cherished company that helped kids read when many of us were young, has published an “LGBTQIA+” guide called “Read with Pride” to show they are proud of gays.  

“As a teacher, librarian, educator, or caregiver, how you interact with all children and teens around queerness matters,” says the guide, which defines LGBTQIA+ as “Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Aromantic, and more identities including pansexual, two-spirit, nonbinary, and genderqueer.”  

The company expands those boundaries later in a glossary of terms, notes Sarah Parshall Perry, senior legal fellow for the Heritage Foundation: 

The company’s guide includes a glossary with terms such as “allocishet,” which the publishing company describes as “a term combining ‘allosexual/alloromantic,’ ‘cisgender,’ and ‘heterosexual/heteroromantic’ that is used as shorthand to describe people whose gender and sexuality are privileged by society.” 

If you are confused, so is “Read with Pride,” which includes the terms “demiboy/demigirl: Someone who identifies as partly a boy or partly a girl.”  

The guide contends that “Everyone benefits from books with authentic representation of queer identities.” 

But perhaps most notably, the guide doesn’t hide its intention to indoctrinate and recruit kids. 

As the guide says:  

Books and literature are never neutral; by engaging with queer literature for children and young adults, you are disrupting the status quo that implies being cisgender, heterosexual, and allosexual are the default. You are showing children an expanded way of thinking and being that validates all children and all people. 

The guide includes accolades for LGTBQ children’s books, many from gay-themed groups such as Lambda Literary, GLAAD and the Stonewall Book Award.   

The guide also includes links to many of the better-known LGBTQ lobbying organizations, such as GLAAD, The Trevor Project, PFLAG, the National Center for Transgender Equality and Trans Student Educational Resources.  

The guide cites mental health data exclusively from the Trevor Project, which exploits teen suicide and self-harm among the LGBTQ population to lobby for gay rights. 

Scholastic also includes a link to its own “Equitable Bookshelves,” which includes titles for kids across a “diverse range of identities, cultures, traditions, and lived experiences.”  

Some Scholastic childhood topics include: 

  • Immigration 
  • LGBTQIA+ 
  • Mental Health 
  • Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence 
  • Physical Disability 
  • Race and Ethnicity 
  • Religion and Religious Identity 

The books’ recommended ages stretch from 0-12 years old.  

Toward the end, the guide includes a three-page LGBTQ book list with a graphic table denoting the type of queer identity each book specifically represents. Some of the categories included are LGBTQ/Family Member; Lesbian/Sapphic; Gay; Bi; Transgender; Non-binary/Genderfluid; Queer; Questioning; Intersex; ARO/ACE/DEMI. 

There are seven books under the “Early Reader” category – ages 0-8 – four of which deal with “queer” themes and three of which deal with “non-binary/genderfluid” themes.  

There are over 30 titles in the “Middle Grade” category – ages 8-12 – and over 50 books in the category of 12 years and up, which Scholastic calls “Young Adult.” Over half the titles in the young adult category include lesbian themes, with a similar amount touching on gay themes, according to the guide.  

Some of the titles include Drag Teen, Gay Club!, Kinda Like Brothers and The Witch Boy: A Graphic Novel series.   

The guide also includes resources for teachers and librarians who wish to expose school districts and parents attempting to keep inappropriate sexual material out of school libraries.