February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Teacher Challenged for Reading “King & King” Resigns

Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who came under fire for reading the picture book “King & King”to his class in April, resigned from his position at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School last week.

“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.

Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites

In the latest News Bites: Interlude Press launches an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers, Lerner Publishing acquires Egmont USA’s remaining titles, and Follett announces three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | SLJ Review

ALBERTALLI, Becky. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. 320p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062348678; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062348692.
Gr 8 Up–Simon Speir, high school junior, walks away from his computer at school for just a moment, and that is when his biggest secret is discovered. He has been emailing a boy in his grade anonymously ever since a poetic waxing on his high school’s gossip Tumblr caught his eye, and now Martin Addison has taken a screenshot and […]

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio | SLJ Review

GREGORIO, I.W. None of the Above. 352p. further reading. websites. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062335319; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062335333.
Gr 9 Up–Kristin Lattimer embodies the all-American teenage girl. She’s sporty, well-liked, cool but humble enough to be shocked when elected Homecoming Queen, with two loyal best friends and a loving boyfriend. Even in the wake of her mom’s death from cervical cancer, Kristin’s future is looking pretty bright. Until her first time having sex with Sam goes […]

Teens Review an Intersex YA Novel, Yansky’s Latest, and More

Brian Yansky switches from aliens to ghost hunters with his latest title, Utopia, Iowa, while Australian YA author Alyssa Brugman introduces us to Alex, an intersex teen seeking to define herself.

Hostile School Environments the Norm for LGBTQ Youth, Says GLSEN Report

A recent report released by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that hostile school environments have adverse academic and social effects on LGBTQ youth.

Parenting 101 | SLJ Spotlight

Three great titles on the diverse aspects of parenting.

Middle Grade Fiction Giveaway; Conference With Service to LGBTQ Youth Focus | SLJTeen News

Take a chance on freshening up your middle grade collection with Maria Lennon’s “Middle Child” series, and learn about Time to THRIVE, a unique and much needed conference focusing on service to LGBTQ youth.

Seeking an LGBTQ Middle-Grade Blockbuster

Kids are coming out younger, reflecting their courage and desire to live authentic lives. Will the first major queer character for middle-graders emerge through a big publishing house—or find a voice through the chaotic fan fiction of the Internet?

LGBTQ & You: How to Support Your Students

School librarians can provide pivotal support for LGBTQ teens by just being there.

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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.