Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Zoom Presentation – The Evolution of LGBTQIA+ Representation in Picture Books

Date(s) - 03/04/2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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From the past queer coding of Lobel’s Frog and Toad to current books about trans children, representation of LGBTQIA+ characters in picture books have grown over the years.
Join representatives of the Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA), a bi-county, Long Island Library Association Committee, as they explore and share past and present portrayals of the LGBTQIA+ community in picture books.


Derek Ivie (he/him)
Youth Services Coordinator of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Derek Ivie is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. He has served on numerous book awards committees including WNDB’s Walter Dean Myers Award and YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award. Derek is also an adjunct professor in Queens College’s Library Science program. Outside of the library he shares his thoughts on pop culture on the podcast A Bite Of that he hosts with his husband.

Jody Ruggiero (she/her)
Head of Teen Services Syosset Public Library
Jody Ruggiero graduated from Queens College and has been a teen librarian for 14 years at 4 different libraries. She has a knack for working with teens and has started a Teen GSA that meets online twice a month.

Nola Thacker (She/her/they/them)
Program Coordinator at Westhampton Free Library
Nola Thacker is Program Coordinator/Reference Librarian at Westhampton Free Library. In her past lives, she has been a children’s bookseller, editor and author.


Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA) is a Committee of the Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) and the Nassau County Library Association (NCLA), serving the libraries of Long Island.
The purpose of the Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA) is to provide LGBTQIA+ information, services, and materials to both library professionals and users of libraries on Long Island by: 1. Ensuring the Long Island libraries have the resources necessary to meet the needs of queer patrons and staff members 2. Providing a forum for discussion, as well as an environment for advocacy and education,