May 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

Facing Adversity: 72 Hours in the Life of a Librarian | Consider the Source

In the library, adversity comes in many forms: a community persevering during unrest; a challenge to readers’ rights, and sometimes, in the form of bureaucracy.

Book Review: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities by Jerome Pohlen

Publisher’s description: Who transformed George Washington’s demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany’s Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that’s who. Given […]

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

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.

Los Angeles Public Library Asks, “What’s Your Queery?”

The Los Angeles County Public Library’s extensive LGBT Services were established a year and a half ago by librarians who built staff support with grassroots efforts and “doughnut diplomacy.”

Book Review: THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson

I always love when a book has a cover or title that just screams PICK ME UP OFF THE SHELF! While we all know better than to (just) judge a book by its cover, a recent conversation with my teenage friends in YA book club was a good reminder that when browsing packed bookstore or […]

Poignant Intros to Immigration and Transgender Issues | SLJ Sneak Peek

Jairo Buitrago’s spare picture book presents a gentle portrayal of a family’s struggles with immigration. Alex Gino’s middle grade novel sensitively depicts George’s desire to identify as a girl even though her family and friends see her as a boy. Check out these advance reviews and more in this sneak peek of titles reviewed in SLJ’s July 2015 issue.

“King & King”—and Teacher Who Read It—Under Fire in North Carolina

While King & King will be allowed in the school, it is not currently in the media center, says Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who read the picture book to his class. Any book a teacher wishes to read to students or use in the classroom that is not in the school’s media center will need to be submitted to parents in advance, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, adds Curie, who says a personal grievance has been filed against him with the district.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Law to Protect LGBT Students

Massachusetts is the 17th state to pass anti-bullying legislation to protect LGBT students with Governor Deval Patrick signing the bill into law on April 24.

Put ‘The Other Me’ On Your LGBTQ List | Dreamspinner Press Giveaway

Treasa thinks she has found the perfect boy when she meets Gabriel, but first impressions can be misleading. Harmony Ink Press wants to expand your LGBTQ YA offerings and has 30 copies of The Other Me to send to interested libraries.

Broadening Cultural Literacy with LGBTQ Content for YA | AASL 2013

Of the numerous concurrent sessions at the American Association of School Librarians’ National Conference focusing on strategies for creating culturally diverse collections and serving the needs of all kids, “Queer Library Alliance Goes to School,” was a memorable one.

LGBTQ Diversity: Building a Collection for Independent Readers

Being able to easily locate LGBTQ-friendly materials for children is an important task for librarians seeking to support their diverse reading communities. Kids must be given opportunities to explore literature from multiple points of view, yet it’s sometimes challenging to meet this need, especially for grades 3–5.

Expand Your LGBT YA Offerings with a Free Copy of ‘All the Colors of Love’

Superheros, extraordinary science, and unexpected twists keep readers on their toes in Jessica Freely’s debut novel All the Colors of Love. Thirty lucky SLJTeen readers will get a copy for their library, adding to the LGBT collection.