It’s the Huffington Post, buuut it’s still a solid meditation on how time, age, memory, and expectation can affect the experience of re-reading the book.

Interesting - at the end of the blog, he encourages others to share their experiences in re-reading old favorites… and it looks like he’s responded to pretty much everyone’s comments!


Picture books are awesome.


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.

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Our novel, Stranger, has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki’s romance, like the heterosexual ones in the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation.

Rachel replied, “Making a gay character straight is a line in the sand which I will not cross. That is a moral issue. I work with teenagers, and some of them are gay. They never get to read fantasy novels where people like them are the heroes, and that’s not right.”

The agent suggested that perhaps, if the book was very popular and sequels were demanded, Yuki could be revealed to be gay in later books, when readers were already invested in the series.

We knew this was a pie-in-the-sky offer—who knew if there would even be sequels?—and didn’t solve the moral issue. When you refuse to allow major characters in YA novels to be gay, you are telling gay teenagers that they are so utterly horrible that people like them can’t even be allowed to exist in fiction.

LGBTQ teenagers already get told this. They are four times more likely than straight teenagers to attempt suicide. We’re not saying that the absence of LGBTQ teens in YA sf and fantasy novels is the reason for that. But it’s part of the overall social prejudice that does cause that killing despair.

We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes. And we were told that such a thing could not be allowed.

This is SO troubling! Props to the authors for speaking out about this since I can’t imagine this is the first time something like this has happened.




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Andrew Carnegie built an impressive 2,509 libraries around the turn of the 20th century. Now Rick Brooks and Todd Bol are on a mission to top his total with their two-foot by two-foot Little Free Libraries.

The diminutive, birdhouse-like libraries, which Brooks and Bol began installing in Hudson and Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, are typically made of wood and Plexiglas and are designed to hold about 20 books for community members to borrow and enjoy. Offerings include anything from Russian novels and gardening guides to French cookbooks and Dr. Seuss.

Keep reading …

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Beatrix Potter by Jamie Barras


Beatrix Potter by Jamie Barras

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From their Home Page:

A FREE library of tactile books with audio description, bringing the visual world to life for blind and partially sighted people

  • Our award winning charity makes special raised versions of pictures that come to life when fingers feel them
  • Audio descriptions tell the pictures’ stories while directing the fingertips across the raised image, describing what is being touched, felt and ‘seen’
  • Combining the senses of touch and hearing in this way makes up for the missing sense of sight

Sounds pretty darn cool.


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Check it out: Blog on YA/Children’s books with GLBTQ characters and themes.

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.


After School Hours, Bond Street Branch of the New York Public Library.  New York City, c. 1905. Source: NYPL


After School Hours, Bond Street Branch of the New York Public Library.  New York City, c. 1905. Source: NYPL

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written BY children

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:

(from the LA chapter)
(chicago chapter)
(valencia chapter)
(boston chapter)

happy reading!

it’s teeny tiny, (now blown up and distorted :( ) but here’s the new blog profile pic!

it’s teeny tiny, (now blown up and distorted :( ) but here’s the new blog profile pic!