Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman’s “Jacob” Books (2014; 2019)

Jacob's Room to ChooseJacob’s Room to Choose (2019), by Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman, reintroduces readers to Jacob, the protagonist of their 2014 children’s picture book Jacob’s New Dress.

In Jacob’s New Dress the protagonist shares his desire to wear a dress with his parents. They take a little convincing but are quite supportive; in fact, Jacob’s mom helps him sew a dress. Jacob does deal with bullying when he wears his new dress to school, but his best friend Sophie, a supportive girl who reappears in Jacob’s Room to Choose, stands up for him. Continue reading

One Year Blogiversary!

Image result for blogiversaryIt’s my one year blogiversary!

I started RaiseThemRighteous a year ago with a review of Jessica Love’s Julian is a Mermaid.

It was about a month after I attended the Children’s Literature Association’s 2018 conference and I wanted to share my research about queer children’s picture books with a larger audience. At the conference I met with an editor from the University Press of Mississippi who was interested in publishing my work. I’ve since signed a contract with Mississippi and my book about queer children’s picture books should be out Spring 2021. As excited as I was, and am, to publish academic work, it’s also very important to me that I have an audience outside academia. I want this audience to include parents, educators, librarians, and of course, queer kids, who need the books I research and review! I’ve since reviewed over 100 queer children’s books all of which can be found on my blog under “Snapshots of LGBTQ Kid Lit.” Continue reading

Coming Soon: Dani Gabriel’s Sam!

Sam!

Sam!, Penny Candy Books’ upcoming release about a transgender boy’s decision to share his gender identity with his family, is thoughtfully written by Dani Gabriel and warmly illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo. The story centers on a racially ambiguous family, all with thick dark hair and tan skin warmed by yellow undertones. This makes it one of only a handful of queer children’s books to engage both racial and gender diversity through major characters. Continue reading

Diverse Children’s Picture Book Giveaway

To celebrate my ONE YEAR BLOGAVERSARY I’m giving away some of the amazing books I’ve read and reviewed this year!

To enter like and repost on TWITTER or FACEBOOK. Like and repost on both to be entered twice! (Must go to my Twitter/Facebook Page and like/retweet original post. US only. Will draw winners 7/28/19)

Thanks so much for making blogging a rewarding part of my year!

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Coming Soon: Elana K. Arnold’s What Riley Wore (2019)

What Riley Wore

What Riley Wore (2019), written by Elana K. Arnold, explores the creativity and sensitivity of a nonbinary/gender creative child as they navigate everyday life from the dentist’s office to the playground. This accessible children’s picture book is colorfully and cartoonishly illustrated by Linda Davick with a touch of whimsy that doesn’t detract from the text’s realism. Continue reading

July 28

July 28th is my ONE YEAR BLOGAVERSARY!

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I’ve reviewed over 150 children’s picture books, including over 100 LGBTQ children’s picture books. I’ve also dabbled in middle-grade and YA reviews.

My goals for the year were to get 2500 blog followers and 2500 Twitter followers – I did it! I love that so many people are using my blog as a resource to find books that meet their needs.

I’ll have a big giveaway to thank everyone for their support on the 28th – stay tuned!