Benjamin’s And Baby Makes Four (2009)

And Baby Makes Four, written by Judith Benjamin with photographic images by Judith Freedman, was published in 2009 by Motek Press. Lesbian moms and their young daughter prepare to welcome a new baby into their family.

The story is told in the first-person from the point-of-view of the couple’s young daughter. At the beginning of the short book, the young girl learns her mom is pregnant and that she will be a big sister. Pictures of her pregnant mother as well as ultrasound images show what the story tells. Continue reading

R.J. Furness’ Orgo Runners: The First Run

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Orgo Runners: The First Run, by R.J. Furness, is a fast-paced short read that still manages to feel epic. Furness brings us post-apocalyptic fiction for younger readers.

The story is set hundreds of years after a new ice age wiped out most of humanity. Now, instead of living spread-out over the globe, the remaining humans live in one of three places: Scorr Tanta, Eklips, and Port Harmony. Food is scarce in Port Harmony, a newly developed harbor town. Because of this, Port Harmony and the more established Scorr Tanta enter into a precarious trade agreement. Continue reading

Lucile De Pesloüan’s What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired, written by Lucile De Pesloüan and illustrated by Geneviève Darling, will be published March 19 by Second Story Press. It’s a brief and simple text that pairs minimalist illustrations of diverse girls and women with short descriptions of forms of discrimination, stereotyping, and oppression experienced because of gender and sexual identities. Continue reading

Nikki Barthelmess’s The Quiet You Carry

Nikki Barthelmess’s debut novel The Quiet You Carry is a serious drama that follows teenage protagonist, Victoria Parker, as she negotiates the foster care system.  Victoria is a hardworking student who lost her mother to cancer when she was a young teenager. Her father remarried and Victoria lives with him as well as her step-mother and step-sister. One night her father abruptly throws her out of their home, which is where the book begins. Continue reading