I’m sorry, but this push to get young children to read chapter books is absolutely ridiculous. Both my brothers and I read picture books up until 2nd grade: one has a doctorate and works for Google; the other has a masters and works for Sony; and I’m working on my masters and love reading more than anything. Clearly picture books dumbed all three of us down.
One great item that I recently added to the list of blogs on my “Other great resources” tab has been the blog I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? From the author:
So who is this blogsite for?
I think it’s for teens (queer or not), for librarians, for teachers, for booksellers, for people with teens in their lives and for anyone interested in YA books with GLBTQ characters and themes. What books are already out there? What’s new? Your answers are here. (“Welcome”)
I’m a sucker for lists, so I’m a big fan of the right column, which includes lists for each of the following categories:
- Books with Gay Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with Lesbian Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with Bisexual Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with Transgender Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with Questioning Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with Queer (Gender Non-Conforming) Teen Characters/Themes
- Books with an Ensemble that includes GLBTQ Teen Characters
- Books with a GLBTQ Parent/Caretaker
- Books on Friends and Family of GLBTQ Characters
- Books With Homophobia As A Theme
- GLBTQ YA Graphic Novels and Comics
- Easy Reader / Chapter Books with GLBTQ (and Gender Non Conforming) Content
- Picturebooks I Wish Had Been Read To Me When I Was A little Kid!
- Books with Surprise Gay (GLBTQ) Content
- The GLBTQ Middle Grade Bookshelf
- The Gay Teen Fantasy & Sci Fi Bookshelf
- The GLBTQ Teen Short Story Bookshelf
I haven’t read too many of the reviews yet, but here’s a great one that I particularly liked, for Marcus Ewert’s 10,000 Dresses.
826 is a national non-profit that’s dedicated to helping kids with writing, both creative and expository (DREAM JOB!) They’ve highlighted some pieces that were written by kids on their website: