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Five questions for Mariko Tamaki

Charismatic, too-cool Laura Dean is many things — but a good girlfriend is not one of them. Mariko Tamaki (author of Skim and This One Summer, both illustrated by Jillian Tamaki) and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s relatable, warm, and witty graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (Roaring Brook/First Second, 14 years and up) follows […]

Middle grade and YA for Pride Month 2019

These novels — some upper-middle grade and some young adult — reflect a range of experiences among LGBTQIA+ young people. Happy Pride! Find more recommendations for Pride Month reading in these featured lists of picture books, middle grade, and YA on the shiny and new Horn Book Guide Online. In The Mighty Heart of Sunny […]

Because of course. #Pride

Review of The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg High School    Levine/Scholastic    346 pp. 1/19    978-1-338-21550-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-21552-6    $10.99 In order to help his unstable mother make delinquent mortgage payments, Jordan tries his hand at the food truck business, using his late father’s old truck, Coq Au Vinny. Things don’t go too well until […]

Happy Anniversary: I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.

Our new column celebrates noteworthy book anniversaries. I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan (1928–1992) was published by Harper & Row in 1969. It celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. Happy birthday, I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.! You’re fifty years old in 2019 (and your young […]

Transgender Awareness Week 2018

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed next Tuesday, November 20th. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate crimes, and renewing our commitment to fight for […]

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories

This is the third column in a series examining statistics gathered by the newly expanded database of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education). Previous columns (interviews with CCBC Director Kathleen T. Horning) can be found in the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 issues. In 2017, […]

From The Guide: We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books

Publishers take note. According to Madeline Tyner’s article “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories”: “We received very little LGBTQ+ fiction for middle-grade readers [in 2017]…The lack of this literature is unfortunate, as children in upper elementary and middle school are often beginning to question their sexual orientations or gender identities.” The following books, […]

On Julie Luecke’s “Reading Along the Gender Continuum” (from 2012)

“The reality, however, is that many children are gender variant (with interests and behaviors persistently outside of typical cultural gender norms) and at different points in their lives might be living or exploring at various places along the gender identity continuum.” If there had been a Horn Book blog focused on books and families in […]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post movie review

Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a novel about a teen girl sent to a gay conversion program in the early ‘90s, was not an easy read. Oh, it was good. It just wasn’t easy. But when the film (Filmrise, August 2018; NR) was released, I wanted to support it. And of course, […]