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jlmiller1

I teach literature, writing, gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies in Arlington, TX. My current research explores LGBTQ+ children's picture books. I blog about children's literature at https://raisethemrighteous.wordpress.com.

Andrea U’Ren, Pugdog (2001)*

Written and illustrated by Andrea U’Ren, Pugdog (2001) uses animal characters to to challenge gender stereotypes by revealing their absurdity. Mike loves Pugdog, who he refers to as a boy for the first quarter of the picture book. The two have a great relationship. Pugdog enjoys belly rubs, squirrel chasing, […]

#ReadYourWorld: Snowflake Stories

The story is definetely engaging enough to warrant multiple readings and the personalization of image and text will make the book a family treasurer! My family enjoys our copy, and my son was thrilled to share it with his grandparents. This will make a lovely gift for many children! I […]

Embrace Difference, Make a Difference

I recently received a book bundle from Macmillan that subtly highlights diversity while joyfully teaching messages of inclusion. Ways to Welcome (2020), written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Joey Chou, and All Welcome Here (2020), written by James Preller and illustrated by Mary GrandPre, both explore the awkwardness of […]