By Kaley Kiermayr Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, illustrated by Val Wise, is on sale now. Crystal Frasier and Val Wise are the author and illustrator duo behind the original graphic novel Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms (August 10, 2021), a sapphic rom-com for fans of Fence and … [Read more...] about Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms Is a Sapphic Graphic Novel About Love and Cheerleading
By Maya Sungold Teens talking about why they’ve closed books in the middle of reading. Authors discussing their favorite literary tropes. Histories of famous bridges around the world paired with a book recommendation. You’ll hear all this and more in the new YA literary podcast Bridges & … [Read more...] about Bridges & Books Podcast Is Putting the Teen Back in Teen Lit
This feature is part of a series of articles on youth activists. By Laura Shovan There is a concept in Judaism known as Tikkun Olam, “repair the world.” Right now, our world is in need of repair. During the COVID-19 pandemic, global society has been wrestling with equity issues. In the United … [Read more...] about Meet Youth Activist Halley Vincent
By Heather Barcan When I was growing up, I thought I was White. Like Amelia Bedilia and Nancy Drew. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jo March, and Margaret Simon. Life experiences taught me otherwise, that the way I see the world and the way the world sees me is nothing like the ways that these … [Read more...] about How Teachers Can Increase the Diversity of Their Reading Curriculum
This week, Penguin Random House and WNDB are celebrating the 2021 Creative Writing Award winners. The scholarship recipients will virtually attend a week of events, including professional development workshops and a fireside chat with author Mahogany L. Browne. Below, the five winners share a little … [Read more...] about Congratulations to the 2021 Creative Writing Awards Winners!
By Nia Tucker In the year 2020, Google searches for the term antiracist peaked from May to June. The second most popular term was reading, followed by the title of the book Antiracist Baby. The rise of antiracism in the face of increased police brutality and racist state surveillance has caused … [Read more...] about Are Antiracism Books for Kids Actually Working?
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass is on sale July 13, 2021. By Chinelo Ikem Content warning: suicide Ryan Douglass is an author who has written extensively about the lack of representation in publishing, especially as it pertains to queer Black boys. In his medium article, How … [Read more...] about Ryan Douglass’s the Taking of Jake Livingston Uses the Horror Genre To Explore Anti-Blackness and Homophobia
Something Happened in Our Park by Marietta Collins, Ph.D., Marianne Celano, Ph.D., and Ann Hazzard, Ph.D., illustrated by Keith Henry Brown and Something Happened in Our Town by Marietta Collins, Ph.D., Marianne Celano, Ph.D., and Ann Hazzard, Ph.D., illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, are available … [Read more...] about Tackling Controversial Topics in Children’s Books
This feature is part of a series of articles on youth activists. By Laura Shovan There is a concept in Judaism known as Tikkun Olam, “repair the world.” Right now, our world is in need of repair. During the COVID-19 pandemic, global society has been wrestling with equity issues. In the United … [Read more...] about Meet Youth Activist Zawadi Sankofa