2019 was a wonderful year for Raise Them Righteous! I’ve reviewed over 200 books since beginning my blog in June 2018. 125 of those reviews are of LGBTQ+ children’s picture books! I am so happy to bring more attention to diverse, inclusive, social justice-oriented books for young people! My blog has over 4500 followers and my Twitter account has an additional 4000. I hope to grow my followers in 2020 as I continue to review excellent books!
In 2019 I participated in Multicultural Children’s Book Day and will participate again at the start of 2020. I also participated in the Cybils Awards again! This time as a Round One Judge for the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone and read some amazing middle grade books! I hope to participate again in 2020.
In 2020 I will continue to review picture books, middle grade, and young adult literature with a focus on LGBTQ+ content. I’m finishing my book project about LGBTQ+ children’s picture books this spring and it will come out spring 2021! The project is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi.
I’ve made so many great author/publisher connections this past year and am continuing to learn about more great books. As a result, I plan on expanding my reviews to include English-language children’s picture books that focus on global cultures, including religion, food, geography, and day-to-day life. Although I’ve posted some reviews of books that fall into this category I will be making it a focus in the coming year!
Thanks so much for following my blog! I appreciate your support.
Jennifer Miller, PhD
Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison’s Every Shiny Thing shifts between verse and prose as well as between the point-of-view of Lauren, a wealthy girl whose beloved brother moves to a therapeutic boarding school for teenagers on the autism spectrum, and Sierra, a girl whose experienced poverty and is currently placed in a foster home in Lauren’s neighborhood. The girls attend the same private Quaker school and have an at times awkward and uneven but ultimately caring friendship. As Lauren’s friendship with Sierra develops, she is drifting away from her best friend of many years. Continue reading
This week I am boosting an amazing blog! Please, check out Colorful Pages!
I really appreciate this post about building an ethnically diverse library for children and young adults. Colorful Pages is a wonderful resource for parents, educators, and librarians.
My name is Jennifer Miller and I blog about children’s books at Raise Them Righteous. I recently started a new project on my blog – AMPLIFY – to boost blogs and bloggers that I love and am excited to support. Today I’m featuring Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins‘s website Colorful Pages. Her website & blog have it all – author interviews, lesson plans, book reviews – oh my! Colorful Pages is a great resource for educators & parents – check it out! Continue reading
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.
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My name is Jennifer Miller and I started Raise Them Righteous in July 2018 after giving a presentation about LGBTQ+ children’s picture books at the Children’s Literature Association’s annual conference. I wanted to connected with a larger audience and help educators, librarians, and caregivers find inclusive children’s picture books that represented racial, ethnic, religious, physical, mental, gender, and sexual diversity. As the mother of a now four-year-old child, I understand the importance of sharing diverse identities and ideas with young people. As an academic trained in literary and cultural studies, I understand the politics of culture, particularly children’s culture, as well as the important role it plays in early socialization.
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For Publishers and Authors: I review inclusive social justice-themed children’s picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade books, and young adult books. I prefer hard copies (especially for children’s picture books and graphic novels). But, I understand the cost can be prohibitive and accept E-books. *It is currently taking me 6+ weeks to review picture books and 6+ months to review chapter books. Email me with requests at email@example.com.
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