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Popaganda Episode: We Love YA

Young adult literature shapes our imaginations and our identities. We explore the world of young adult literature with help from some great authors. We talk with Marni Bates, who wrote a memoir when she was just 19 that spelled out the reality of her teen life... Read more »

Did Lois Lowry Sell Out Your Childhood?

Film adaptations of dystopian young adult fiction are officially a “thing.” This year alone will see the release of at least four: the third Hunger Games, new blockbuster DivergentMaze Runner, and finally The Giver, which opened last Friday... Read more »

Fed Up With a Lack of Diverse Children's Books, Queer Parents Write Their Own

Once upon a time, Bear Bergman was reading to his four-year-old son Stanley before bed. His husband had ordered a big new stack of books that included queer characters. Read more »

The Surprising Emotional Core of "The Fault in Our Stars"

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as teens whose story inspired an infinite pile of Tumblr fan art.    In the last year, it seems like movie studios have learned that audiences actually want... Read more »

Sci-Fi YA Series Tankborn Imagines Caste, Class, and Skin Color in Dystopia

This month, the final book in Karen Sandler’s dystopian young adult sci-fi series Tankborn hits the shelves. I profiled the series last year on Bitch as part of a series on portrayals of ... Read more »

Read the List of 2013's Most Frequently Banned Books

The Dayton Metro Library created this flag of the 100 most-challenged books from 1990-2000. Photo via Flickr On Monday of this week, the American Library Association released the list of ... Read more »

New YA Book "Great" is a Gender-Swapped Retelling of "The Great Gatsby"

Riffing off her high school love of The Great Gatsby, comedian Sara Benincasa penned a female-focused retelling for teens. Read more »

Librarians Choose the Top 10 Feminist Books of the Year for Young Readers

Did you know the American Library Association has a Feminist Task Force? Of course they do. Each year, a group of people from this task force undertake a mission called the Amelia Bloomer Project where they name the... Read more »

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 in the conversation below, where  Zetta Elliott (below left), a black... Read more »

41 Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids

Let’s face it: Rainbow Magic works for some kids, but not all of them. It can be hard to find books for kids that don’t fall into annoying ... 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 »