May 26, 2017

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Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic

In these comics and graphic novels for tweens, LGBTQ characters are no big deal. Any romance stays in the background—and is G-rated.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

Behind the Poster: Artist Calef Brown Talks with SLJ

SLJ chatted with the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award winner about what led him to the creation of the striking poster included in our February 2017 issue.

An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion

Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

Thrillers

People, it’s close to midnight and while something may not be lurking in the darkness of my hallway, it is getting late. I want to scream, but my terror of waking the small humans in the apartment takes the sound from me. Yeah…I wanted to write up a hilarious but dark introduction that played with […]

These Books Have Nothing in Common

That is, these books have nothing in common except their matching star count. But time is short and the books with positive reviews are many, so here we are, lumping them together. Russo’s If I Was Your Girl was on our list from the very beginning of the year. It’s a love story with a […]

Symptoms of Being Human, Take 2

Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), February 2016 Reviewed from final e-book Despite the title, this is probably more like take 4. This is somehow a hard review to write. I keep slipping away from the book itself and into all the things that surround this book: the importance of representation […]

Mock Election Worries | Scales on Censorship

A principal moves to cancel a mock election due to the vitriolic tone of the 2016 contest; how teachers should handle student Facebook friend requests.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“LGBTQ Writers in Schools” Program Coming to New York City

Lambda Literary has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to bring 20 authors to visit K–12 schools in the nation’s largest district.

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth

A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.

2016 Children’s/YA Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Celebrating its 28th year, the Lambda Literary Awards selected the finalists in 25 categories, including children’s and YA titles—two of which, George by Alex Gino and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, were SLJ Best Books of 2015.

Larry Romans, Hero of LGBTQ Literature for Young People, Dies at 68

Larry Romans, beloved as a staunch advocate for quality books for young people relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, passed away on January 28, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

National Book Foundation Launches BookUp LGBTQ

The National Book Foundation, best known for its National Book Awards, will expand its BookUp program for teens on February 5, by creating its first after-school reading club for LGBTQ teens.

Building Community: Robin Talley on Labels, Gender Identity, and “What We Left Behind”

While young adult literature is finally seeing more trans* protagonists, very few can be categorized as genderfluid or nonbinary. SLJ caught up with Robin Talley to discuss her inspiration for What We Left Behind, the books she wished had existed when she was in high school, and what she’s working on next.

Boys Will Be… Knitters and Lovers and Funny, Oh My

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli Balzer + Bray, April 2015 Reviewed from ARC Boys Don’t Knit, T.S. Easton Feiwel and Friends, March 2015 Reviewed from final copy It’s a twofer Monday, today, with two delightfully warm, funny, and frankly tender tales of boys grappling with what it means to be a boy, […]

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids by Jerome Pohlen | SLJ Review

POHLEN, Jerome. Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights with 21 Activities. 192p. chron. filmog. further reading. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Chicago Review. Oct. 2015. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9781613730829.
Gr 5-8–Tackling everything from Sappho, the Daughters of Bilitis, and the Lavender Menace to Dan Savage, Gladys Bentley, and Ellen DeGeneres, this title offers a comprehensive view of LGBTQ history. While the topic is often framed through the lens of marriage rights, this book provides a multifaceted […]

Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”

Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Pictures of the Week: 3M’s Post-It ‘Partner for Pride’ Wall

Attendees of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference added their favorite diverse book suggestions to 3M’s heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes.