Amplify – Calling Bloggers

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I want to to celebrate my one year blogaversary as well as reaching over 4000  blog followers and over 3800 Twitter followers by amplifying new book blogs.

I’m creating a new tab on my blog and depending on interest can feature blog posts regularly to help you expand your audience.

If your book blog focuses on any of the following, please send me a link and your Twitter handle (if available).

1) Racially/ethnically diverse children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature

2) LGBTQ-inclusive children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature

3) children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature featuring representations of characters with disabilities

4) children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature about social, political, and cultural histories

5) children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature about social justice issues (youth activism, environmental issues, war, immigration, ext.)

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  1. Hallo, Hallo Dr Miller,

    Saw this coming through my feeds tonight. I try to seek out these kinds of thought provoking narratives for #KidsLit and showcase them on my blog. The ones which come to mind the most are the following:

    * The Walking Fish – uniquely told story which ignites a passion for Science in young readers

    * The Strength of Ballerinas – features having a sibling with Autism

    * The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – culturally diverse and the character has to come to terms with her uniqueness

    * Hannah Both Ways – realistically powerful – sadly the publisher is no more 😦

    * Blonde Ekismo – about the Alaskan Native American cultural heritage & mythos

    * Rimrider – a lovely Sci-Fi with very independent YA voices

    * Timekeeper – LGBTQ+ Sci-Fi with a powerfully stirring romantic plot (m/m)

    * On the Non-Fic side of the ledger:

    – Life as a Spectrum Mom – about a family on the Autism spectrum
    – Fannie Never Flinched – I felt this was more Upper YA audience
    – Standing Up Against Hate – a historical look at racial injustice

    * Adult novel focusing on at-risk foster youth and a f/f foster family is “The Language of Hoofbeats” by far one of my favourite stories of its kind.

    — Again, I look forward to seeing where you take the amplifying as I try to talk/promote these kinds of stories myself but as I am an eclectically diverse reader, I sometimes hope my readers recognise how many genres and sub-niches of literature I am reading regularly – not just Adult, YA or MG but also Non-Fiction and INSPY. (as I’m a hybrid reader of both INSPY and mainstream Fic/NonFic)

    I’m not a new blogger (six years) however, I have less than 200 followers via WP as most of my followers follow me through Twitter and click over to read my posts as I tweet and/or as they see the new links on my landing page (routed / linked in Profile).

    I think its fantastic what your doing – even if I don’t qualify – its the stories which are important.

    You can find all my reviews via my Story Vault – it is a continue search to find the different stories you’re speaking about and each time I find one which illuminates the story and characters so captivating to feel real and honest, I love to champion it as a book blogger and reader.

    I look forward to seeing the bloggers you’re finding who are doing the same.

    You can find me on Twitter via @joriestory.

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    • Thanks so much for contacting me. Your blog is beautiful, but I do want to feature newer blogs or blogs that don’t have many followers yet. I feel like we’re in about the same place, but I’m glad you contacted me! I’ll be checking out some of these books very soon!!

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      • Ooh I understand – I just wanted to mention that we search out the same kind of stories; I knew when I commented I didn’t qualify. I’m thankful you are enjoying my blog. I am excited for your featured blogs section and making new bookish connections.


    • I love your blog so much. We’re reading a lot of similar nonfiction. I love Meadow’s work on transgender children. I would love to feature you in the new Amplify section of my blog. Thanks for contacting me. I’ll be in touch soon with some questions that will help me write a feature. Wow! I’ve used the word love a lot and I’m not even revising because I want you to feel the love . ❤ ❤ ❤


  2. Hi Jennifer, we met through the Cybils Awards and we are friends on twitter (@TheReadingTub). Our goal as a literacy nonprofit is not only to encourage parents/caregivers but to help them find books where their child can see themselves. We publish reviews on board books through Young Adult. We also have some adult “crossovers” that cover social/ethical issues in our book bag.

    What sets our reviews apart is that we incorporate the target audience’s opinion. In fact, for many of our YA books (like the Hate U Give, Farenheit 451, and many others) it is the teens who have read the book and written the review.

    Hope you’ll stop by the tub.

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    • Hi Terry!

      Thanks for contacting me. I love that you work with young reviewers. I read some of the reviews and was really impressed with their work. What an amazing opportunity you are providing them. I will happily feature your nonprofit and blog.

      Please, respond to the following (email

      Can you provide links to 3 posts you would like amplified along with your blog generally? These should specifically address diversity, LGBTQ inclusions, or social justice themes.

      Please write a brief biographical blurb that will help folks understand where you are coming. And, answer these questions: When did you start blogging? Why did you start blogging? What specific content do you blog about? Why?

      I’ll promote a blog a week through Amplify starting this Sunday. You will be my week two feature. Thanks again!


  3. Hello, thank you for giving bloggers the opportunity to check in with you about their children’s writing on their blog. I am the great grand niece of Virginia Lee Burton and Jeanne D’Orge also a writer, Poet. My great Aunt, Virginia Lee Burton wrote Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel and the Little House. I grew up with a family that loved writing, so much so that I was named after the book, “Katy and the Snow Shovel.” Children were important in my family, for good reason. As far as my blog, I have dedicated all of my poems to children; the poems are mostly iambic rhymes. I am coming from the place that children are sacred, simply said.
    The poem, Mother Tree ( is dedicated to raising awareness to the collective and how everyone is important, as with most of my poems on my blog. This poem is about removing the negative/violent in our culture and restoring joy and peace. The poem, My Little Kitten is a rhyming poem about a child who is dwarfed, (who is actually myself as a child) and is playing with a gifted kitten, as any child would. There are many other examples of poems throughout my blog, however, I will reserve the third example to a page on my blog, called “God’s Children.” It is my current book project. It is true, I understand the topic of religion is sometimes tricky, however, I use this book title “God’s Children” as a sort of catchphrase, for the general public. This ( third example is raising attention to social justice and diversity. It is excellent, because this book title, with poems, is actually very much aligned to your call out. I am essentially establishing the narrative that EVERY CHILD is a blessing, a beloved, and a gift. While, I have tried to stay away from the establishment of “religion,” the title, God’s Children, is the only title that seems fitting for my aim that every child is alike in importance, adversity at heart. These poems to me aim at making it clear that children are without barriers, all of great importance and all alike, in other words, the collective as simply “children; ” and yet the subject of Children is sacred, as with the word, “God.”
    I have been blogging since 2013, however, I took a extended break for almost three years. I look forward to emailing you this comment later today. Thank you again for this opportunity.


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