There were a lot of other things going on last night — I would’ve been at the Sister Spit event if I could’ve been in two places at once — so thanks to everyone who came to Beyond Judy Blume: Identity and Sexuality in YA Literature!
Links for some things that came up during the conversation:
Malinda Lo’s post on the statistics of LGBTQ YA books published in the U.S.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center statistics on Children’s Books By And About People Of Color
Matt de la PeÃ±a’s appearance at Tucson High after the state of Arizona ordered the school district to disband its Mexican-American Studies program
The Children’s Book Council Diversity committee
Oh, and here’s the cover of the book I wanted to show everyone but forgot to bring as an example of something I read as a teen that changed my understanding of youth identity and expression…kind of a cheesy cover, right?
But it has vivid, passionate excerpts from the teenage diaries ofÂ AnaÃ¯s Nin,Â Maggie Owen Wadelton, Kathie Gray,Â Gretchen Lainer,Â Selma LagerlÃ¶f,Â Marie Bashkirtseff, Nelly Ptaschkina, Mathilde von Buddenbroch, andÂ BenoÃ®te and Flora GroultÂ — several of whom grew up to be noted writers.