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There are no rules

by Mariko Tamaki  I need a second to tell you this thing. Ready? There are no rules. Okay. Wait. Hold on. There are some rules. You can’t eat a grill cheese in math class. You can’t walk barefoot in places that have a sign that says you can’t walk barefoot there. Sure sure, I get [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016|Comments Off on There are no rules

LGBTQIA+ Books and Libraries: Helping Queer Kids Find the Stories They Need

by Amanda MacGregor I’ve worked in the book field for 16 years. I’ve worked as the children’s lead bookseller at Barnes & Noble; at The Children’s Book Shop, an independent bookstore in Brookline, Massachusetts; as a children’s librarian; in a high school library; and as a librarian in a public library. I’ve been reviewing YA [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on LGBTQIA+ Books and Libraries: Helping Queer Kids Find the Stories They Need

What My Queer YA Means To Me

by Erin Bow  I will be honest. I didn’t set out to write a book in which girls kiss each other. As a novelist, I’m not much of a planner. Even the few things I do have planned don’t always work out, and that was certainly the case with my 2015 book, The Scorpion Rules. [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on What My Queer YA Means To Me

If You Haven’t Seen

by Edith Campbell Back in October 2015 my daughter shared news with me about the book Large Fears by Myles Johnson and Kendrick Daye and I was so excited that I posted about it on FaceBook. I was easily engaged by the artwork and intrigued by the story of a young black boy who daydreamed [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on If You Haven’t Seen

Bury Your Cliches

by Kiersten White Although as the And I Darken trilogy progresses the stakes get higher (that’s a little Vlad the Impaler humor for you), here are two things I can promise you: 1. There will be no vampires. 2. No lesbians will die. Now, maybe that sucks out some of the tension (not literally, because [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Bury Your Cliches

4 Wishes for YA F/F Romance

by Kate Brauning I want to talk about nuance. I want to talk about sexy, and imperfection, and happily ever after. I want to talk about being a bisexual editor (and author) of queer YA and why every book I acquire is inclusive in some way, but I’m still looking for That F/F YA Romance. [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Publishing People|Comments Off on 4 Wishes for YA F/F Romance

A Particular Invisibility

by Kayla Whaley The first essay I ever submitted won an award. A group of writing professors at my university read the piece, described it as written with “delicate emotion,” and handed me a check along with the certificate. I called home as soon as I found out, literally breathless with the news. I told [...]

By | June 19th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on A Particular Invisibility

Never Am I Whole

by Wesaun  There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of finally seeing myself in the books I read except, oh wait, I never do. I look and look and search and search and all that meets me is a gap, all that meets me is the laughter track as if I am on a comedy [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Never Am I Whole

What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

by Candice  Happy LGBTQIA Heritage Month and happy 5th anniversary, Gay YA!! I am so honored to have been invited to contribute to Gay YA’s awesome Pride Month and anniversary blogathon! As the President of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Senior Librarian of systemwide Teen Services at the Los Angeles Public Library, [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

Where They Never Bothered to Go: Hiding Queer YA from the Mainstream

by Shaun David Hutchinson  To say I've been overwhelmed by the response to my latest book, We Are the Ants, is a bit of an understatement.  I didn't start out writing books with queer narrators.  It wasn't until my third book that I worked up the nerve to do so (and that courage came in [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Where They Never Bothered to Go: Hiding Queer YA from the Mainstream