Freckleface Strawberry, or, Finding Diversity in Unusual Places

Freckleface Strawberry, or, Finding Diversity in Unusual Places

Finding diversity in early readers, particularly when it comes to popular, commercially-successful series, can unfortunately be a real struggle for many teachers, librarians and caregivers. Books featuring trains, dinosaurs, aliens, superheroes and animals are a dime a dozen, but finding stories that reflect the diversity of our communities can be challenging. I discovered a great […]

Always Human by walkingnorth: possibly the sweetest webcomic around

Always Human by walkingnorth: possibly the sweetest webcomic around

Now, how to do justice to the absolute beauty that is walkingnorth’s Always Human using only mostly words? Here is Sunati, our narrator (most of the time). Sunati has blue hair, mad coding skills (she works as a virtual reality environment designer), a sliiiight obsession with outer space, excellent fashion sense (think stars and blue, okay?), […]

2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

I’ll be honest – this month’s romance theme is a tough one for me. I don’t typically read a lot of YA or MG, and there isn’t usually that much romance in picture books. However – when I’m not singing songs with toddlers, I’m one of the co-chairs of the BC Library Association’s LGBTQ Interest Group. […]

Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

“Look at how pretty you are!” Mum exclaims. “You should straighten your hair all the time!” Well, I guess that’s one thing I can straighten about myself. (p. 63) Leila Azadi has always managed to avoid crushing on any of her classmates. No one knows she likes girls, not her loving and traditional Iranian parents, […]

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Part 1 – Frederica herself Part 2 – Alverstoke and his foils So far Georgette Heyer’s Frederica has revealed a wonderful, albeit unintentional, abundance of asexual and aromantic characters. Hold on to your hats, my dears, there’s more. Chloe Dauntry, for one. Chloe is nearly seventeen, daughter of Alverstoke’s deceased brother, and sister to Endymion, Alverstoke’s […]