“Adjacent Titles” that Get Autism Right

If you are any part of the children’s literature community, you’ve heard the conversations currently being had about under various hashtags: most visibly, #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices. For the non-initiated, these hashtags represent two, shall we say, movements, in the kidlit world — both long overdue. The publishing world has been extraordinarily slow to respond to…

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Thank You, Amy Schumer

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Amy Schumer any more than I already do, she goes and takes another piece of my heart. In case you somehow missed it, Amy Schumer has a new comedy special, GROWING, on Netflix. I hit “play” the second it was released, eager to see how she would turn…

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On the Pitfalls of Parenting

Being a parent is really hard. I’m tempted to stop this post there– everyone will agree with me and really, enough said. But alas, I have a story to tell. The other day someone I sort-of know (we are in the same writing community, but don’t know one another terribly well) posted an article about…

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Virginia Shreves vs. Judy Blume: The Evolution of Literary Fat Girls (and One Boy)

Virginia Shreves is the protagonist of Carolyn Mackler’s Printz Honor Book The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Bloomsbury 2003) and its excellent sequel, The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I (Bloomsbury May 2018). If you don’t know Virginia, you should. She’s awesome. The sequel begins right where the original left off: Virginia has…

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If You Know One Person with Autism…

Those of us in the autism community know how this common statement ends: “If you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism.” This refers to the fact that the autism spectrum disorder is indeed a giant spectrum– infinite, actually. So while there are many traits in common for people with autism,…

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