*At The Horn Book, Ginee Seo is talking about “Harriet and Me.” Regarding Harriet the Spy, she writes:
“It’s a giant raspberry to the school of thought that says, A-character-in-a-children’s-book-must-change-and-grow-throughout-the-course-of-the-story. Or to the school that says, A-character-must-be-essentially-good-and-lovable. In fact, any rules or precepts or cutesy-poo ideas you might have had about children’s books fly right out the window when you read Harriet the Spy. There is no great moral lesson to be learned, no transformative change that happens to the protagonist. Above all, there is no tidiness. Harriet is real life in all its messiness and ambiguity, populated by real people who are also messy and ambiguous.”
*At Book Riot, Kelly’s piece, “We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit” should be required reading. No, really. Go read it now. I’ll wait. There are tons of extremely worthwhile links in the article, which is filled with thoughtful writing like:
“It’s hard not to wonder why some of the largest voices in the YA world and kid lit world more broadly aren’t speaking up and out in visible ways. They have far less at stake than any author of color (and most women, white or not) would have doing the same thing, in part because their privileged position affords them them their platform. They do not succeed simply because they work harder; they have more advantages. This isn’t just pointed at authors with power. It’s pointed equally toward librarians, toward booksellers, toward major media outlets, and to anyone with a position to say something.”
*ALA has released their top ten list of most frequently challenged books for 2013.
*Diversity in YA has a great post, “Want More Diversity in Your YA? Here’s How You Can Help”
*At Teen Librarian Toolbox, “Out of the Closet and Onto the Shelves: A Tweetcap of Christie’s GLBTQ Presentation at TLA.”
*Check out YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations!
*Kristin Cashore is talking about her writing process in “Notes from the Writing Room.” Check out her awesome cloth-covered bulletin board full of note cards.