June 26, 2017

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“You’re In the Wrong Bathroom!” | Professional Shelf

The authors of a new book confront pervasive misinformation on transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Notable Nonfiction on the Transgender Experience and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

Another crop of notable nonfiction featuring often unheard voices, from a title that unpacks myths about the transgender experience to a book on those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Connecting with One Another: Social Science | Series Nonfiction

Are you students in need of a little global goodwill? Check out these latest series that promote social awareness and responsibility.

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

Educators Respond to the Federal Repeal of Transgender Bathroom Protection

Librarians and teachers, as well as government and school district officials, have spoken out against the revocation and vowed support for all students.

#ProtectTransKids: A Reading List

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get […]

Dr. Bully, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey

Today we are happy to share this post from author M.G. Hennessey as part of our Social Justice in YA Lit Project. Her book, The Other Boy, came out in 2016 and is about 12-year-old Shane, who is transgender. You can find out more about the #SJYALit Project here or by searching the hashtag here […]

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.

Book Review: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher’s description To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for […]

Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip […]

Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Publisher’s description A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when […]

Book Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Gr 9 Up–-Only David Piper’s […]

Book Review: Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey

Publisher’s description Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor—until now. Feeling adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives. The first girl she meets is fifteen–year-old Lucy, an […]

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.

Alex Gino on Debut Novel, “George”, and the Importance of Transgender Voices in the Kid Lit World

Alex Gino, author of the new middle grade novel, George, chats with SLJ about representation, gender identity, and what the New York Times got wrong with their coverage of transgender lit.

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.

Sex and Romance in Trans YA, a guest post by Vee Signorelli

by Vee S. (@rausicabklvr) The first time I read a sex scene with a transgender character, I cried. I was just figuring out that I was trans, and trying to piece together what that meant for me. I thought that no one would ever be able to love me. I thought that maybe it’d be […]

Book review: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky, tells the story of 6th grade Grayson, a transgender girl. Raised as a boy, Grayson has never felt entirely comfortable in her own skin. She spends her class time doodling abstract princesses in the margins of her notebook, trying to keep them unrecognizable because she knows boys shouldn’t do that—and […]

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Transgender Teen Memoir, a Guide to Puberty, and Guys vs. Girls | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

The latest nonfiction for older readers spotlights gender and bodies, from a frank and original look at puberty to a memoir by a transgender teen.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A New Picture Book Biography About a Transgender Girl | Up Close

In this picture book biography, young readers meet Jazz Jennings, a young girl who knew from a very early age that she had “a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Authors Ellen Hopkins and Kristin Elizabeth Clark Chat About ‘Freakboy’

Kristin Elizabeth Clark recently sat down with her mentor, Ellen Hopkins, to talk about writing, her transition from middle grade to young adult lit, and just how her book Freakboy was born.