There are a lot of horrible things happening in the world (and on the other side of the border) and The Book Wars is doing our part in the #resist movement. For that reason, here is a list we are curating with links to articles people have written about kidlit books by/about trans people. If you have a link you think we should add, please let us know. This is meant to be a resource of sorts for people who want to know more. We would love to provide a boost to those whose voices need to be heard.
- “Top 10 Books By Transgender Authors Featuring Trans Characters” by John Hansen: This list isn’t all children’s literature, but Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz, George by Alex Gino, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo are included in the list.
- “6 Excellent Trans Authors Available As Audiobooks” by Casey Stepaniuk: I like that there is a list for audiobook formats because it’s especially important that marginalized voices are accessible to diverse audiences.
- “The 21 Best Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Books For Kids” by Em & Lo: I’m not sure I agree that all of these books are the “best”. Some of them are even problematic where trans representation is concerned, but that is why the article I posted below and the links above are important in helping you figure out what to put on your TBR.
- “Dear Cisgender People Who Write, Publish, And Read ‘Trans’ Books” by Constance Augusta Zaber: Not a list, but an important read.
- “41 Transgender-Friendly Books for Young Kids” by Sarah Mirk: Despite its title, this list isn’t limited to books for young kids, and includes middle grade and YA titles instead. These 41 books feature transgender as well as gender fluid and gender queer characters.
- “More Trans Kids Books” by Maggie: Maggie is a Seattle-based teen librarian and the blogger behind “Rad Books for Rad Kids”. This list includes books featuring trans, gender queer and gender fluid characters, with an emphasis on books for younger children.
- “How to Review a Trans Book as a Cis Person” by Vee (): An extremely valuable read for book bloggers, reviewers, librarians and educators who want to read and write about trans books in a respectful, inclusive and informed way that supports, rather than harms, the trans community.
- “The Acceptance” Narrative in Trans YA” by Vee: Another fascinating article by Vee, this time on the Gayya website (which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in LGTBQ+ literature). In this article, Vee talks about the pervasive, damaging “acceptance” narrative in YA, and highlights how vital it is that trans individuals be the driving forces behind trans narratives.
EDIT: We will be moving these links, and hopefully many more, to a resources page on our website that you can access whenever you like. We’ll keep you posted. 🙂
Hm, it seems like all of my good webcomic recommendations come from Lindsay/Me On Books*–including, but not limited to, the two webcomics I’d like to talk about today? Basically, if you aren’t already following her blog and/or her Twitter, you’re settling for second-hand recommendations from me. *ahem* Speaking of recommendations, I better get started: Rock And Riot […]
Paperback, 236 pages Published January 15th 2017 by Deeya Publishing Inc. Source: Author First, it is not often you get a WOC face forward on books meant for kids. Yes, even illustrated WOC are either in silhouette or turned away from the front for reasons I don’t know. And for Muslim women? Hell, being on […]
LGBTQ+ YA with Diverse Characters Characters, according to many mainstream publishers, are allowed to be diverse, provided that they are not too diverse. A teenage girl, for example, can be gay, but not gay and Asian. A child in the fifth grade can have a disability, but they can’t also be transgendered. A parent can […]
This turned out to be less spoilery than I had expected, but if you don’t want to know Certain Important Things ahead of time, go read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire first. If you need a bit of a push to decide whether or not to read it (do it, do it), here is a very […]
#MuslimShelfSpace is a hashtag on Twitter started by Sajidah K Ali and other Muslim authors to showcase books written by Muslim authors. Why? The future is uncertain and representation is always a relevant issue. Specially when you consider how much, to borrow Karuna Riazi’s words, Muslims have been Othered and vilified by not just the […]
ARGH! You know what’s been driving me NUTS recently? Trying to find Kwanzaa books that actually sound, look and feel like they’ve been written for children who ALREADY CELEBRATE KWANZAA. Take a look at the Christmas section at your local library and you know what you’ll find? Picture books that don’t just explain Christmas, but which […]
Hardcover, 40 pages Published September 6th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books First Snow is the debut work of Bomi Park, a South Korean writer and artist. It features a tiny little girl waking up the sound of snow falling and sneaking out of the house to go out and play. As an adult […]
There are now more Spanish speakers in the United States than Spain, including 41 million native Spanish speakers. In recognition of this vibrant, growing population, let’s celebrate La Noche Buena, or Christmas, Cuban style! La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story by Antonio Sacre When Nina visits her grandma in hot, humid Miami for Christmas, she doesn’t […]
First of all, I should say that I am not American. But my not being American did not prevent me from feeling absolutely devastated when the Cheeto “won” the election. I say “won” because I refuse to believe the election was anything but rigged–I mean, did you read the voter intimidation reports? Trump’s rhetoric was […]