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

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

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 »

Carol Weston Knows All About Teen Girl Problems

When I was growing up, my mom got me a subscription to Girls’ Life magazine. When it came every month, the first thing I did was turn to the ... Read more »

Jillian Tamaki Talks Comics, Mutants, and Why Canada is Awesome

Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reportecalled it: This is going to be Jillian Tamaki’s... Read more »

Revolution Sells

In the new Hunger Games film, Katniss is the kind of rebel who still makes a great Barbie branding opportunity. I have a soft spot in my heart for Katniss Everdeen. I mean who doesn’t? She’s the cornerstone of her family, she is a total slayer with her bow and arrow, she’s got a sweet... 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 »