MOVING BEYOND INVISIBILITY AND SILENCE

LGBT CHILDREN’S LITERATURE and Communities of Color--A CALL TO ACTION!

AS A PEOPLE, WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF LGBT CHILDREN’S BOOKS, ESPECIALLY FROM COMMUNITIES OF COLOR!!! I want to begin by shouting that out BIG AND BOLD! #LGBTkidlit #LGBTofcolorkidlit #LGBTlatinokidlit #LGBTQIkidlit #LGBTfamiliesofcolor I knew what I would find when I began researching LGBTQI children’s literature to include in my …

ALSC’s Day of Diversity

one woman's ritual

Like nearly everything in life, I approached ALSC’s Day of Diversity as ritual. The invitation to co-facilitate one of the break-out sessions was the doorway in. The very early preparation began. Flights and hotel were booked. I worked with my co-facilitators, Roxana Barillas and Gretchen Caserotti to craft our session. …

shame, safety and silence: the lessons i refuse to learn

9 days in the life of a children's book author/artist/activist

i have been making children’s books since 1995, but i have to admit, this was a helluva 9 days. to start off, i wrote about jacqueline woodson winning the national book award!!! and the series of racist jokes by snicket/handler at the ceremony. just a few days later i wrote …

gender free multicultural children’s book!

call me tree!!! (a note to my readers)

You may or may not notice something different about my new book, Call Me Tree. Nowhere in the story are boy/girl pronouns used. No ‘he’ or ‘she’ anywhere! I found it easy to write this way because that’s how I think of kids, as kids, not boy kids or girl …

michael brown reminded me of my dad

unfinished post, questions and the beginning of kidlitEquality

i found this  post i wrote not long ago. it opens with my father. despite the fact that it isn’t finished i’m sharing it, as is. *august 9, 2014, 18 year old, unarmed michael brown was one of many young, black males gunned down by a white police officer I …