LGBTQ: An Alphabet for Me and You

For the last day of Pride Month, we have a language lesson adapted from Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson. Last week’s interview with a transgender youth revealed how words and names are tied to identity, and, as Robin tells us in her book, inclusive language is important to the LGBTQ community. Inclusive language is a powerful way for teachers and parents to ensure that young people feel accepted and supported. Finding the right word can be a challenge, so here are some useful definitions from Robin’s book. Let’s look first at the […]

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Author Feature: Frieda Wishinsky

Camp Disaster by Frieda Wishinsky

#TuesdayTalk with Frieda Wishinsky. Her novel, Camp Disaster, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. Camp Singing Hills feels more like Camp Disaster to Charlotte. She’s not sure how can she survive two weeks there, especially with Madison who’s not only making the counselor’s life miserable but has everyone in the cabin scared of her snide remarks and nasty pranks. And then she targets Charlotte and life at camp becomes almost unbearable. Charlotte has to do something but what? What was the catalyst for your story? Many years ago, I was the counselor […]

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An LGBTQ Youth Perspective on School

In honor of Pride Month we invited our occasional warehouse assistant, Leo, to tell us about his experiences at school. Identified as a girl at birth, Leo was fortunate to feel no pressure to conform to gender roles. Leo grew up in a family and community open to all forms of gender expression. As a result, when Leo began to acknowledge his gender identity, he understood what he was experiencing to be perfectly normal. Most trans youth report being the victims of chronic bullying, report feelings of isolation and of being “outcasts.” While Leo does […]

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Author Feature: Laura Langston

Stepping Out by Laura Langston

#TuesdayTalk with Laura Langston. Her new novel, Stepping Out, is on shelves now! Tell us about your book. Fifteen-year-old Paige Larsson loves to laugh. She likes it even more when others laugh with her. As a YouTube comedy vlogger, laughter is Paige’s currency in life. It eases the pain of nasty comments, agonizing moments in gym class and awkward pauses at parties. Now Paige is about to step out of her comfort zone and compete in the prestigious International Teens in Comedy festival. Winning will give her the opportunity to work with some of the […]

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Author Feature: Cristy Watson

On Cue by Cristy Watson

#TuesdayTalk with Cristy Watson. Her novel, On Cue, is on shelves now! Tell us about your book. On Cue is a story about balancing dreams with responsibility. Randi wants to be an actress, but her drama class at school is cancelled. She and her classmates rally to have the class taught as an extra-curricular activity, which causes problems for Randi, since she has to watch her brother, Toby, after school. What was the catalyst for your story? A few things helped this story come together. I watched a class of grade five and six students […]

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Author Feature: Monique Polak

Passover: Festival of Freedom by Monique Polak

#TuesdayTalk with Monique Polak. Monique’s titles, Passover: Festival of Freedom, Legging Revolt and Forensics Squad Unleashed, are on shelves now! Tell us about your books. My first new book, Passover: Festival of Freedom, looks at the history of Passover. I’ve always been interested in the Holocaust (my mom is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp), and I wanted to look at what Passover means to Holocaust survivors, and their memories of Passover because tragedy struck their lives. This book allowed me to explore that. My second book, Leggings Revolt, is about a group of […]

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