The American Library Association is creating an award for children's books that address LGBT themes. Cue the apocalypse!
According to the AP, the Association announced today that it's adding the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award to its slate of prizes for kids' books. The award will honor "English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience." There's been a Stonewall award for adult books for 40 years, but until now, no corresponding prize for kids' lit — probably because homophobes freak out about kids' books with gay characters, even if those characters are penguins. However, says ALA president Roberta Stevens,