Big Time: Julie Murphy’s Quest To Humanize Fat Girls

Puddin’ takes readers back to the small town made famous in Dumplin’.

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

Five YA Novels That Tackle Sexual Assault

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, here are five YA books that offer meaningful, empowering narratives about sexual assault. Read more »

White Trauma: How YA Books About Rape Ignore Girls of Color

All survivors aren’t white, straight, and cisgender girls. Read more »

No More “Good Girls”: YA needs to get real about reproduction

YA fiction is more and more reflective of the world in which young people actually live, a new normal of characters and storylines encompassing all the complexities of sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

2016 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by Women of Color

If you don’t seek out new voices, it’s easy to fall into reading books primarily, if not solely, by white authors. Read more »

New YA Novel "Wrecked" Grapples With Sexual Assault on Campus

The thoughtful novel by Maria Padian explores a dark reality many students face.  Read more »

Author Sarah McCarry On Writing Honest YA Books That Include Sex

Author Sarah McCarry discusses her book “About a Girl,” a coming-of-age story centering on a queer teen.  Read more »

Cut & Paste: Magical Girls

Get transported into the world of witches, supernatural transformation, and spells with these zines.  Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »