Snapshots of LGBTQ Kid Lit

Hi everyone! I am writing a book about LGBTQ* children’s picture books that’s undercontract with the University Press of Mississippi. My focus is on post-2000 publications, but I am creating, reading, and analyzing an archive of English language books that explore LGBTQ* themes beginning with Jane Severance’s 1979 publication, When […]

Brannen’s Uncle Bobby’s Wedding (2008)

Sarah S. Brannen’s Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, published in 2008 by G.P Putnams’s Sons, is DELIGHTFUL. The story focuses on Chloe, a little girl worried that her favorite uncle, Bobby, will have less time for her once he marries his partner, Jaime. The couple announce their engagement at a family picnic, […]

Zetta Elliott’s Dragons in a Bag

If you or someone you know is over eight-years-old, you need a copy of Zetta Elliott’s urban fantasy Dragons in a Bag! Dragons in a Bag introduces readers to Jaxon, a sweet and smart young boy with brown skin and unruly eyebrows. Jaxon’s father passed away and he lives alone […]

Ruth Lehrer’s Being Fishkill

Ruth Lehrer’s gritty realism is reminiscent of Dorothy Allison, as is her exploration of poverty, abuse, neglect, miraculously strong girls, and the failure and promise of family. But, Lehrer’s pace and unrelentingly complicated descriptions of young teen subjectivity set Bring Fishkill firmly within the field of YA literature. *A few […]

Alice Faye Duncan’s A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

Alice Faye Duncan’s A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks recounts Brooks’ life in carefully crafted verses and introduces readers to Brooks’ own work through sensitively selected poems. Xia Gordon’s evocative images pair well with the text, creating a meditative mood with pictures that at times appear to glow. The brightness of […]