1. bisexual-books:

    It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  Bisexual YA author Corinne Duyvis was generous enough to send us some swag from her US tour and we’re happy to pass it along to you guys!  

    You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

    Now all the boring rules stuff:

    • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
    • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
    • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).   
    • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
    • But no giveaway blogs  
    • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

    And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for bisexual comics and the other for romance!

    (via bisexual-books)

  2. We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board

    weneeddiversebooks:

    Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
     
    New York City, NY  (July 28, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.  We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.             
     
    In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.  “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
     
    In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
     
    Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
     
    On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.

  3. teensy hiatus

    Hi all -

    I haven’t taken a break in… A WHILE, and I have lots of stuff planned over the next few weeks, including a stint at the LA SCBWI Summer Conference! Come say hi if you will be theeeeeere.

    All this to say that this blog will be taking a little nap for a bit. Not too long. I’ll probably post sporadically over the next few weeks. Then I’ll be back!

    Kisses!

  4. wearetatal:

    We’re starting our trip back in time with teen reviewer Libby’s look at Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

    The Diviners by Libba Bray is an odd but compelling combination of 1920’s thriller and supernatural powers. Its a mystery with all sorts of secrets, drama, murder, jazz, and intrigue. Evie O’Neal is moving to New York City from her hometown in Ohio. Its 1926, and she couldn’t be more excited for her big city adventure. Except that once she arrives, she finds that things may not be as great as they seem. First she finds herself living with her Uncle Will, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, also known as the Museum of Creepy Crawlies. The city is being rocked by a sensational series of strange and ritualistic killings, and Uncle Will is called in to consult. Evie might be able to help, but only if she reveals a secret supernatural power she doesn’t entirely understand. As the hunt for the killer escalates, Evie discovers that Uncle Will and her new friends may also have secrets of their own. Can they stop the killer from creating anymore chaos? Is the killer even human?

    The Diviners is mostly Evie’s story, but there are chapters of the book that are from the perspectives of other New Yorkers who are dealing with their own supernatural experiences. Memphis has dreams he can’t explain. Jerecho has a mysterious medical condition. Their pieces of the story add more layers to the overall plot and serve as a great setup for the sequel, “Lair of Dreams,” which is set to come out in 2015.

    This book was the creepiest thing I’d read in a long time. I started it in the middle of the afternoon, and couldn’t put it down. By the time I finished, it was two in the morning and I was the only one awake in a dark and silent house and I didn’t think I’d ever sleep properly again. The writing is vivid, which makes all the little details pop out, even when they’re terrifying. Its clear Libba Bray did her research, and the mythology is consistent and blends into the reality of Evie’s world. While I did find some of the 1920’s expressions off-putting, the details and the mystery were more than enough to make up for it. The characters are relatable, the killer is the definition of evil, and the adventure is exciting. I recommend reading
    The Diviners with the lights on.

    Read More:

    Up and Coming: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    You Oughta Be In Pictures: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    A Very YA Halloween

  5. bookriot:

    In the summertime I always return to her books, probably because many of them are set during the summer, in the fictional North Carolina beach town called Colby. When I moved to New York more than three years ago, I would pick up a Sarah Dessen book whenever I felt too homesick – and still do that today. I can feel the uncomfortable Southern humidity curling my hair and the gritty sand on the soles of my feet as I read her books, and the intricacies of small town or island-life become real the deeper I fall into the story.

    from My Sarah Dessen Obsession by Jaime Herndon

  6. weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    #WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.

  7. The older I got, the more often I met girls who were living the stories I wanted, the stories that taught me how to make my own life in their image: girls who hopped trains, hitchhiked alone across continents, vagabonded through other countries, bicycled solo for thousands of miles, wandered without company through wildernesses. But for the most part, those girls’ stories—our stories—are left off the printed page. We get dragons, sure; we can be sorceresses and princesses, witches and swordswomen, assassins and vampires and robber brides and queens. Sometimes we even get to be monsters. But a girl whose heart’s too big for her body, a girl whose whole self says go out the door and keep going—that girl’s still got to write her own book.

    So I did.
  8. aprihop:

    behindthebloom:

    It’s all the covers for our new YA books for winter 2015, all in one place—including your first-ever look at the cover for Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You! And don’t think this is all we’ve got. There’s one more super special reveal coming this Thursday right here!

    count me in for THIS SIDE OF HOME, a novel that appears to involve gentrification and its impact on families and relationships. helllooOOOOO.

    and for emery lord’s next because open road summer was exactly the book i needed at exactly the right time. 

  9. weneeddiversebooks:

Have you seen the awesome diverse cover for hannahmosk's next book, NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED? Brown girl front and center. Here's the blurb:

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

    weneeddiversebooks:

    Have you seen the awesome diverse cover for hannahmosk's next book, NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED? Brown girl front and center. Here's the blurb:

    Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.


    Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

    The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.