Here are some of my books, I think this is just 1/3 of them. I need a decent shelf :D
(via Something Louder, Something New | SLJ Talks to Matt de la Peña About ‘The Living’ | School Library Journal)
Matt de la Pena’s brand new book. And check out his thoughts on diversity in kidslit. Love it.
I don’t think the publishing industry in general is going to seek more diverse characters out of the goodness of its heart (though some editors do, obviously). I think there’s going to have to be a market. And that market is getting stronger every year. What bums me out, though, is the way diverse characters are sometimes positioned once the book exists. If there’s a Mexican American main character [the book] is often set aside for Hispanic Heritage Month, or it’s earmarked for reluctant readers. I’d love to see more diverse characters hit the big time or be pitched to kids in suburban schools. I’ll admit, a lot of writers of color start out writing a novel directly about race. For me it was Mexican WhiteBoy (Delacorte, 2008). But for diverse characters to truly start breaking the mold, they’re going to have to featured in stories where race isn’t the story. I’m seeing this more and more lately. Soon we’ll see the Mexican Harry Potter and the African American Hunger Games–only they’ll be something brand new, something we’ve never seen before. After that, there will be no turning back. I’m actually super excited for the future of diverse titles.
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(The links I put up here are all from them… so good!)
(via Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians | Focus On | School Library Journal)
More, more, more. Books, books, books.
(via LGBTQ Diversity: Building a Collection for Independent Readers | School Library Journal)
This book and many more. I love School Library Journal. They always have excellent book hook-ups.
(via ‘Golden Domes’ Picture Book Causes Stir at Scholastic Book Fair | School Library Journal)
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Writing about rape is tricky.
I know: understatement of the year, right? The thing is, I don’t want to write about rape. I wish it didn’t exist, period, but barring that I wish it weren’t such a major part of our history and our lives in 2013. I hate writing about it. I have to…
Free books for teachers and librarians! -
I’m giving away 50+ copies of my novels (Huntress, Adaptation and Inheritance) to teachers, librarians, and others who work with queer youth. US only. First come, first served at the link.
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers: What It's Like to Grow Up Hapa -
"The question of nationality perplexes my little brain. Why are we what we are? I and my brothers and sisters. Why did God make us to be hooted and stared at? Papa is English, mamma is Chinese. Why couldn’t we have been either one thing or the other? Why is my mother’s race…