Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
It seems more important than ever to find small things to look forward to and find resilience and comfort in great books to build our knowledge and be as informed as possible.
First off, we interviewed the lovely Jaclyn Desforges about her writing process, her inspiration for her picture book, Why Are You So Quiet? and what she’s currently working on. Reviewer Charmaine Lee highlighted the importance of depictions of asexuality and aromanticism in her great review of Loveless by Alice Oseman.
Some Great Reads
Speaking about the writing process, we really enjoyed learning about what writing routines look like for Jacqueline Woodson and Angie Thomas.
If you’re looking to get a jumpstart on your 2021 Reading Challenge (whatever that may look like for you), take a look at NPR’s suggestions for some books to help any kids in your life who are going through tough times, and Buzzfeed’s list of YA books starring LGBTQ+ characters. Need another boost? Check out this list by BookRiot that will help your list be as diverse as possible.
Celebration of BC’s Award-Winning Children’s Writers and Illustrators
It’s still not too late to register for the virtual Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event on Saturday, January 16, 2020. This event will recognize It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julie Morstad, as the winner of the 2020 Information Book Award. You can register for the event here.
As always, please do send us your news related to children’s and young adult literature at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature them in future newsletters. Our newsletters are published on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month.
Take care, and happy reading,
The Young Adulting Editors