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'Why Amazon's New LGTBQ+ Children's Category Matters' by Hanna Kjeldbjerg

Hanna Kjeldbjerg writes the following for Publishers Weekly:

As the marketing director for a small publisher, I’m very familiar with the power of Amazon categories. Although I am Team Bookstore, not Team Bezos, Amazon is not just a reseller—it has become the search engine for books. …

[A]n author I work with, Julie Schanke Lyford, noticed something missing from the Amazon page for her children’s book, Katy Has Two Grampas: there was no LGBTQ+ category for kid lit.

This felt like an oversight—Amazon is known for its sophisticated algorithm. Many general categories have children’s books counterparts, such as physics, Renaissance history, and disaster relief and preparedness. Classification gets granular: fiction vs. nonfiction, print vs. Kindle, and even paid vs. free e-books. But representation for queer kid lit was noticeably missing. …

‘Amazon adding this category is a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community,’ says Alaina Lavoie, program manager at We Need Diverse Books. ‘Many people intentionally seek out children’s books that include LGBTQ+ parents and families. This makes it much easier to find these books as the category grows.’

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