1. New on the "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" Blog
My Family: My Two Dads and My Family: My Two Moms - two great new picture books I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid
Families, Families, Families! - A Picture Book featuring lots of different kinds of nontraditional families
Stray - A World where magic is a curse only women bear (and there’s an LGBTQ twist)
Timothy - a gay romance suspense thriller
Sara - a new student, a gay coming out, and then students start dying…
Street Dreams - a gay graffiti artist in New Zealand runs afoul of the local hip hop crew leader (and falls in love…)
- Imogen falls in love with someone she’s never met… another teen girl!
Otherbound - YA fantasy with a Bi Main Character
Sam Dorsey and Gay Popcorn Series ("Sam Dorsey and his 16 Candles" and "Sam Dorsey and his Dirty Dancing”)
Culture, Politics and Gay-Straight Alliance Info:
It’s Banned Books Week - celebrate the Freedom To Read!
Well-Strung’s “Blank Space” music video - Gay, Fun mash-up of Taylor Swift and Johann Sebastian Bach
Who I Am - a song by the band Memoir about a transgender woman
2. Lee's News
I’ve taken a new, full-time job in children’s publishing/media… and I’m so excited! Read all about it here:
and here’s the announcement at SCBWI: The Blog, explaining that I’ll still be blogging for SCBWI and leading their Team Blog at the two international conferences each year in New York and Los Angeles
3. Children's Literature, SCBWI and Publishing World Updates
Amy Boggs (Donald Maass Literary Agency): Agent Looking For Diversity
JC Kato wins the 2015 Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award!
How Many Books Did They Write Before Their Debut?
John Cleese on Creativity. Really, Truly Brilliant.
When Editors Say They Need to LOVE a Manuscript to Acquire It…
A Guest Interview with 3-Time Batchelder Award-Winning Translator Laura Watkinson
“Sniffer Dogs” - The 2015 Crystal Kite Interview with Nancy Castaldo
“Feathers: Not Just For Flying” - The 2015 Crystal Kite Interview with Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen
“A Dance Like Starlight” - The 2015 Crystal Kite Interview with Kristy Dempsey
“Hurricane Boy” - The 2015 Crystal Kite Interview with Laura Roach Dragon
4. Current Inspiration