Thursday, September 27, 2012
paperlanternlit:

Did you know it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this great list of Latino and Latina YA and children’s writers!

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paperlanternlit:

Did you know it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this great list of Latino and Latina YA and children’s writers!

!!!

(Source: lauriehalseanderson)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
paperlanternlit:

Did you know it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this great list of Latino and Latina YA and children’s writers!

paperlanternlit:

Did you know it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this great list of Latino and Latina YA and children’s writers!

(Source: lauriehalseanderson)

Friday, September 7, 2012
This was the first book I’d read in a long, long time that actually befit the name “page turner,” where the time flew by as the plot grew thicker and creepier, where the world it created inhabited my thoughts even when I wasn’t reading it. This book is exciting in so many different ways: aside from just being a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling read, it’s one of the first sci-fi young adult novels I’ve ever read with such solid queer characters. The plot of this book is so engrossing that it won’t just be read by queer kids because it’s queer. Kids of all stripes will read this, and get an awesome queer perspective injected into their brains as a bonus. Jill Guccini’s wonderful review of Adaptation in her column “Your New School Library” at AfterEllen (via malindalo)
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Thursday, August 30, 2012
Putting pretty white girls on all your book covers is the book equivalent of what all our fashion magazines do. An idealization of beauty that is unrealistic and dangerous to our youth. And it isn’t the right thing to do. Seeing a minority grace the cover of a YA book is like spotting the Lochness monster, you wonder if you’ve truly seen it and if you’ll ever see it again. How sad is that? To say that only pretty white girls can sell YA books is not a business model that publishers should approve of. And it’s not true. We need look no further than the gender neutral and iconic covers for the Hunger Games and Twilight series to see the truth.

Ellen Oh  (via necesitamosunarevolucion)

Found the original essay, and added the sources in. Check it out; it is really a wonderful read (and was even cross posted to Racialicious).

The best book covers are the ones without people on them, and the art leaves it up to your imagination.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Diversity in Kid’s Lit — 110 and Counting.

realkidsgoodbooks:

Inspired by Roxane Gay at The Rumpus, here’s a long old list of diverse kid’s lit writers and illustrators. And I promise you, it is not complete. 

1. Taro Yashima, picture book writer and illustrator
2. Sherman Alexi, YA
3. Karen Katz, picture book writer and illustrator
4. Lenore Look, chapter book writer
5. LeUyen Pham, illustrator
6. Jacqueline Woodson, writer all ages
7. E.B. Lewis, illustrator
8. Jorge Argueta, picture book writer
9. Yuyi Morales, picture book writer and illustrator
10. Pat Mora, writer
11. Charles R. Smith Jr., photographer
12. Sheila Hamanaka, picture book writer and illustrator
13. Jason Chin, nonfiction
14. Beatrice Hollyer, nonfiction
15. Francisco X. Alarcon, poetry
16. Maya Christina Gonzalez, picture book writer and illustrator
17. Alice Faye Duncan, picture book writer
18. Taeeun Yoo, picture book writer and illustrator
19. Allen Say, picture book writer and illustrator
20. Sandra L. Pinkney, picture book writer
21. Myles C. Pinkney, photographer
22. Jill Krementz, nonfiction
23. Karen English, chapter book writer
24. Pamela S. Turner, nonfiction
25. Walter Dean Myers, writer, various ages

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
malindalo:

From YA Pride: 2012 LGBT YA by the numbers — in which I crunch some 2012 numbers and make pie charts.

malindalo:

From YA Pride: 2012 LGBT YA by the numbers — in which I crunch some 2012 numbers and make pie charts.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

schoollibraryjournal:

Kidlit rock stars at ALA 2012

penguinteen:

Those of you who’ve been following us for a while know the love we have for the amazing book trailer Nina LaCour and her friends created for her latest novel, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, which came out in February. But THE DISENCHANTMENTS was not Nina’s first book, nor was the trailer for THE DISENCHANTMENTS her first book trailer. In fall of 2009, Nina’s debut novel, HOLD STILL, was published to great acclaim (it was even a Morris Award finalist!), and she and her very talented friends (seriously, so jealous of how brilliant they are) did a trailer for that book, too! You can watch it here.

Cut to now (get it? because we’re talking about movies?)—Nina and her friends are going to shoot a HOLD STILL movie! But they need some help, so they’re working on funding the film through Kickstarter. Click the link to learn more about Nina, the book, the cast, and more!

We love this trend of authors adapting their own books into film (see: Stephen Chbosky and The Perks of Being A Wallflower). Check out the kickstarter!

Monday, June 25, 2012