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Saturday Trailer: The Novice

October 31, 2015

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What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? And, what’s better for Halloween that a little fantasy? The Novice is the first is the Summoner series by Taran Matharu. 


October 30, 2015


I know those girls because I’ve taught those girls. They’re the ones who are loud, indignant and if you listen to them, they’re quite often right in their message although wrong in their approach. Smart, too. They knew the school was letting them down and could tell when a teacher didn’t care. They fight with […]

Around and About

October 22, 2015


Nicola Yoon recently announced that her recently released novel, Everything, Everything (Delacorte Press, 2015) has been optioned by MGM. Mitali Perkins shared that a narrative feature film based on her middle grade novel Rickshaw Girl (Charlsebridge, 2008) is currently in production and planned for a 2017 release. With all the children’s books that have evolved […]

Questions and Answers

October 19, 2015

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In a recent blog post, I asked how we can move forward to attain greater diversity in children’s literature, both collectively and individually. Several responses were generated on FB, via email and as comments to the original post. They appear below. Each of these thoughtful responses provides avenues we all might consider as ways to personally […]

Jonah Heller Speaks Out

October 19, 2015


Jonah Heller recently wrote the following in a FaceBook post. Because he doesn’t have a blog home and because this deserves a wider audience, I’m sharing it here now. Jonah holds an AFA from Young Harris College and a BFA in Dramatic Writing for Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently […]

#LargeFears Recapped

October 15, 2015


I’ve always believed that people read to find their place in the world. Some do this by using books to explore possibilities and others to find themselves. Rudine Sims Bishop expands this concept much better in her article Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors. But, why do people write? Some may take pen to paper […]

Roll Call

October 15, 2015

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I’m working on my reflection piece for the #LargeFears debacle. I would have put these links at the bottom to share other’s reflections, but the post is really long. I believe these are all the reflections I’ve seen. Feel free to add others in the comments. Marlon Jame’s Win is a Win For Liturature; Ogilvydo […]

Male Monday

October 12, 2015


Yesterday. National Coming Out Day. And yesterday, I wrote that “Queer black boys need books”. As do all queer Native American boys and boys of color. Who are the Native American and authors of color that write for teens? I have to admit I couldn’t find a single gay Native American author to add the […]


October 11, 2015


Queer black boys need books. Queer black boys matter. They exist at the intersection of hope, uncertainty, potential and intolerance with a pin of hatred marking the meeting point. I was so excited yesterday when my daughter informed me about Large Fears, a new inde book by Myles E. Johnson. Large Fears is the Story […]