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Children's Fiction Lgbt

Bedtime, Not Playtime!

by (author) Lawrence Schimel

illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
LGBT, Humorous Stories, Bedtime & Dreams, Stories in Verse, Dogs
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


Key Selling Points

  • The author won a Lambda Literary award in 1997 and 2007, and was a finalist on 14 other occasions.
  • In 2021, 2007 and 2013, the author had books recognized by IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities.
  • This book features same-sex parents.
  • This book is published alongside Early One Morning by the same author and illustrator, which features a boy, his cat and his moms.
  • Also available in French, Trop tard pour jouer! (9781459831759).

About the authors

Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 70 books in many genres, including four anthologies for Arsenal Pulp Press, all co-edited with Richard Labonte: The Future Is Queer (2006), the Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer (2007), its sequel Second Person Queer (2009), and I Like It Like That (2009). His other books include Lambda winner PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality (with Carol Queen), The Drag Queen of Elfland, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and Things Invisible to See: Lesbian and Gay Tales of Magic Realism. Formerly of New York, he has lived in Madrid, Spain since 1999.


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Établie à Riga en Lettonie, Elīna Brasliņa a fait des études en français et en linguistique avant de décrocher un baccalauréat et une maîtrise (avec spécialisation en gravure) de l’académie des arts de son pays. Depuis quelques années, elle illustre des livres pour enfants, travail qui lui a valu de nombreux prix d’envergure internationale.


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  • Commended, Bookstagang Best Books - Board Books
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Editorial Reviews

“A sweet and simple story made even sweeter with a sprinkle of inclusion...Parents, guardians and care givers will fall in love with this book...Young readers will fall in love these striking illustrations.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A good take on a perennial topic. ”

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