2018 LGBTQIA+ Starred Review Roundup

Over at Medal on My Mind, we’ve been hard at work sifting through all the titles eligible for the Stonewall Book Award this year. I created a Goodreads list of 2018 LGBTQIA+ children’s and YA lit to track all the titles. Then I decided it would be fun to embark on a little research project and concurrently track the number of those books that receive starred reviews. I’m no statistician, but it’s been super interesting to see how our choices for Stonewall compare with what the journals rank highest. Not to mention the types of stories, the kinds of identities, and the authors who are prized most.

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TBR Pile: Aug 2017

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Image credit: Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughters by Mark Gonzales, illus. Mehrdokht Amini (Salaam Reads/S&S, 2017)

Happy August—AKA Eclipse Month here in Oregon and elsewhere. Surely you’ve heard by now (and maybe even purchased a pair or two of eclipse glasses) but on August 21 the moon’s shadow is passing through the continental US for the first time in 40 years. There are also some really exciting books passing through the continental US this month, including The Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution. Read on and share your must-reads in the comments!

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TBR Pile: July 2017

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Image credit: The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, 2017).

It feels like it has been ages since I’ve posted one of these roundups. I’ll admit I didn’t spend as much time at ALA previewing titles as I did attending sessions. And I’ve been really distracted by the recent news that a new Maurice Sendak picture book was discovered and will be released next year. Fall 2018 can’t come soon enough… So, tell me, what are YOU excited about this month?

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TBR Pile: May 2017

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Image credit: Green Green by Marie & Baldev Lamba, ill. Sonia Sánchez (FSG, 2017).

Hooray for May! Apparently it’s a big month for Mo Willems—new board book, new collection, new “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” book. But Jerry Pinkney is also back with a retelling of one of my absolute favorite fairytales. And then there are all of these other exciting new titles! Who needs pretty flowers when there are all these pretty new books to smell? (I can think of one or two that might even get eaten…)

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Promoting Diversity & Equity Through Children’s Literature

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Image credit: Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illus. Lauren Tobia (Candlewick, 2015).

I co-facilitated a training last Saturday called “Promoting Diversity and Equity Through Children’s Literature.” Representatives from Child Care Resource Network, SMART, and SOESD Early Childhood Services (where I was stationed as an AmeriCorps volunteer 2015-2016) developed this training last June. This was our second time presenting it in Medford, OR. I can’t share everything we talked about, but I’m happy to share my part—which mostly consisted of booktalking some of my favorite diverse reads for the 0-6 audience.

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