Happy Friday, guys! This week has mostly been me hacking and sneezing and coughing, and walking around the house telling Bodo the Dog, “Bodo, I’m sick. I’m so sick,” and getting barely any sympathy from him. (He just get confused about why I’m not running around the house with him, squeaky toy in hand.)
But fortunately it’s Friday, which means a weekend of taking it easy. It also means book reviews in fifteen words or fewer!
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
Not at all what I expected but in a good way. Berry’s writing is masterful.
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Sensitive and touching portrayal of childhood cancer, family dynamics, new friends, and change. Love!
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomicby Alison Bechdel
Also not what I expected but awesome–sad and literary, combining text and art beautifully.
I’m getting myself back on the blogging train after a couple weeks of off-line activity (marathon, NESCBWI, life with a dog), so today feels like a great time to share this fantastic comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi:
It’s really easy to focus on all the scary “what ifs” and “you can’ts” and so on, but for today, let’s focus on what we can do. And then do the same tomorrow.
How sad is it to see actual kids with less representation than animals and inanimate objects? Publishing as a whole needs to provide diverse young readers with way more mirrors.
The good news is that David has made his infographic available for general use, so you can share this around your own blog/social media networks. Because the more we see and talk about problems like this, the harder it is to ignore.
Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, aka magical bookworm, is starting her own feminist book club. She’s starting off with Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, but it got me thinking about what books I’d include in a feminist book club.
For powerful and thoughtful YA novels about girls and family and their place in the world:
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
For YA novels about girls fighting back in many different ways:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA feminism isn’t limited to the real world:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
And graphic novels are perfect for a feminist book club:
Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, Robert Wilson
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
And some of your favorite elementary/middle school reads are perfect for feminist book club:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
This is obviously not a complete list, because there are so many awesome books featuring compelling female characters and dealing with feminism and what it means to be a woman.
Did I leave out a favorite? Shout out in the comments.