The GayBCs

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This book is lovely. A short and very sweet introduction to what it is to be an LGBTQ+ person, or to understand others who are. It's an A-Z of terms, each with a brief explanation that also rhymes which is quite cute. Every page is filled with positivity which I think will encourage kindness from children. The book is fully illustrated in colour and has a glossary of terms at the back with further explanations of all the words used.
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This was a good read, but almost a bit much for my toddler in terms of the amount of text. The graphics were nice with a decent amount of diversity
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Very cute introduction to LGBTQ+ terms for young children. I know a lot of people in the LGBTQ+ community don’t like the usage of A as an ally, but I still like this book as a good intro. tool that could lead to some really good discussions.
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Excellent book, great layout and colours, I am a married lesbian woman and my wife and I have two adorable nephews who in time would love this book.  I hope this book before publishing deals with a couple of minor issues - 'A' should of been asexual and 'K' needs to be rethought for a British audience. 

Thanks for allowing me to review this.
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Great idea, and as lesbian I love the book. However glossary is more correct (and a little bigger) than the main part.

Why gay is about boys and girls (attraction to the same gender), but lesbians are about "love and affection between two special girls . . ." (glossary has the right definition.)
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I liked this book for the most part, but there was one glaring problem right out of the gate. The A in this book probably should have stood for asexual, not ally. Other than that, I liked it.
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Great insight into the LGBT+ community as well as gender and a little bit of activism, great fun little picture book for kids to get used to hearing those words, and simple definitions
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I loved this alphabet book. It introduces children to ideas they may recognize and gives them terms to describe their world. The pictures really add to the short phrases. It's so nice to see a book that introduces some terms to children that even adults have never heard of before. Very very well done.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the information that it covers. It could be great for a kid who is trying to sort out their feelings. But it seems as if it is aimed at the wrong audience. It seems a little childish for someone who is really starting to figure themselves out, but the information doesn't seem like it is going to appeal to a lot of kids who are the age that it's aimed for. I also had a problem with describing the attractions are described simply as "love". I'm afraid that it could be confusing to kids who simply have friends that they love. To be fair, I can't think of a better way to phrase it. Now if someone has a child who is beginning to wonder about him/herself, this is probably the best book I've seen for someone who is younger. Reading it with someone to guide them through it would take care of my worries about the book..
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A fun take on the ABCs teaching children about diversity. I loved sharing this book with my children and teaching them we are all different but yet the same
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Lovely to see another LGBTQ picture book.  Not sure it entirely works for a UK audience though as "K is for Kiki; when friends come together to catch up on news, gossip and weather" stood out as just not a word we use over here!  "S is for Sashay" also felt like a bit of stretch!

I did appreciate the diversity amongst the characters - so there's a butch lesbian and one wearing a dress.  There's also various skin tones depicted to give further range for kids to feel connected to these characters.

The glossary at the end was also a useful touch and very well done.
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This is seriously such an awesome book. I love how it is so inclusive and does not focus strictly on “gay” terminology. It’s about being open, free, and yourself. Perfect for any age to read honestly. Absolutely adore this!
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Disappointing. I appreciate the idea but I can't believe that the authors choose to list A as "Ally" instead of asexual/aromantic. Also I get that the images were meant to evoke the style of older books of ABCs and give a sense of continuity as well as improvement, but I found them uninspiring. I'm also wary of how the author used terms that are specific to the Black queer and trans community, such as "kiki" and "vogue", without actually locating them in that community. The book separates them from their cultural context
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Really cute story book for children about the LGBT community. Would highly recommend for use in an elementary school classroom or day care center.
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This was a really, really great book, that I would love to have for my collection. However, it has one huge, glaring issue. Making it even worse, that issue is the first letter of the alphabet. Having the letter 'A' stand for ally, at the expense of representing the asexual community was a big disappointment in an otherwise fantastic book.
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Overall, I loved this book. It contained a multitude of great words and definition told in rhyme. It immediately lost a star from me on the 1st page though: WHY oh WHY is A for Ally? This is the GAYbcs not the ALLYbcs. A should be Ace. It was interesting how at the back of the book there was a glossary of all the terms covered. Each of them matched directly to a page on the book .Yet, Asexual was added to that list. Was it at one point considered for A and then changed?
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Super abécédaire LGBTQIA+ pour les enfants (et les grands) en limericks (et en anglais).
J'espère qu'il sera adapté en français!
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A sweet little boom with beautiful, inclusive illustrations, but I’m not sure who the target audience are. The rhymes were a little awkward in places, but the glossary at the end and the illustrations more than made up for that. I’d give it 3.5 stars. 

(Review copy from NetGalley)
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Such a cute and daring abc for LGBTQ. It doesn’t mince its words, while being mindful of its target audience. It will allow for healthy and open dialogue in a family home and beyond.
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This is a great book for introducing children to different LGBTQ+ identities in an age-appropriate way. I would say the content is suitable for KS1 and above, though younger children might need help with some of the vocabulary (e.g. implies, innate, identify). The illustrations are fun and friendly, though I could only view them in black and white on my Kindle. Great for reading together or independently and written in accessible verse, it also has a glossary at the back to explain many terms and familiarise young children with some of the features of a non-fiction text.
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