Watch Our Pride Celebration of Stories

Jun 16, 2022 | Essential Conversations, HFGather, LGBTQIA+ Voices, Podcasts

Jas Hammonds, Anna-Marie McLemore, NoNieqa Ramos and Em Dickson joined us for a PRIDE Celebration of Stories. They had a wonderful conversation with Highlights Foundation team members Alison Green Myers and Alexandra Villasante about:
  • Supporting stories you love and getting those books into kids’ hands
  • Their careers in the kidlit LGBTQIA+ space
  • Bringing things out into the open and going “anywhere we want” in terms of genre
  • Helping each other find safe spaces in publishing
  • Having the wonder and freedom to write what you NEED to write
  • The unique challenges of gender diverse authors in kidlit
They also shared their favorite recent LGBTQIA+ titles:
  • Man o’ War, by Cory McCarthy
  • All Signs Point to Yes, edited by Cam Montgomery, g. haron davis and Adrianne White
  • Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space, edited by Zoraida Córdova
  • Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School, by Sonora Reyes
  • Prince & Knight, by Daniel Haack and illustrated by Stevie Lewis
  • Different Kinds of Fruit, by Kyle Lukoff
  • This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us, edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby
  • Alice Austen lived Here, by Alex Gino
  • The Science of Being Angry, by Nicole Melleby
  • The Passing Playbook, by Isaac Fitzsimons
  • The ABC’s of LGBT+, by Ash Hardell
  • Your Mama, by NoNieqa Ramos and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara
  • The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, by NoNieqa Ramos
  • The Grief Keeper, by Alexandra Villasante
  • Lake Lore, by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix, by C.B. Lee
  • Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix, by Aminah Mae Safi
  • The Weight of Feathers, by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • We Deserve Monuments, by Jas Hammonds
  • Deep in Providence, by Riss M. Neilson
  • The Best Liars in Riverview, by Lin Thompson
  • When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
If you missed the live session, you can watch it here. Please note: closed captions are being added to the video below. When they are finished, you can see them by hovering over the bottom of the video and choosing the “CC” icon.
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