Guest Post: Amy Rose Capetta on Something Good Happened in 2016: LGBTQ YA Genre Fiction

By Amy Rose Capetta

One of the standout differences in the LGBTQ offerings in 2016, as opposed to previous years, is a boost in genre fiction.

While I love reading LGBTQ books of all kinds, in my truest and nerdiest heart, I’m a lifelong reader and devoted writer of genre fiction.

Stories with marginalized main characters tend to take a particular route through the publishing world–starting with “issue” books,

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Guest Post: Amy Rose Capetta on Something Good Happened in 2016: Intersectionality in LGBTQ YA

By Amy Rose Capetta

Rainbow Boxes is a charitable initiative to connect LGBTQIA fiction with readers across the United States.

When Cori McCarthy and I did our research for Rainbow Boxes (AKA the most fun research–it mainly consisted of reading every LGBTQ YA book we could find), we were able to assemble a box of books that featured characters with a range of identities.

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Guest Post: Amy Rose Capetta on Something Good Happened in 2016: Celebrating LGBTQ YA

Rainbow Boxes co-founders Cori & Amy Rose

By Amy Rose Capetta

In 2015, it seemed like there was a slowly growing list of excellent YA books with central LGBTQ main characters–but there were clearly still barriers making it difficult for readers, especially teen readers, to find them.

Fellow YA author Cori McCarthy* and I created Rainbow Boxes to help bridge that gap,

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Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Where Do We Go From Here? from The Brown Bookshelf. Peek: “We may sign on to petitions and open declarations, forward emails, RT, and ‘like’, and these can all be good and powerful things. But we believe that it’s important to reflect on how we will hold ourselves accountable, how we will act, and reflect….”

18 Middle Grade Authors on Writing Girl Characters After the Election by Karina Glaser from BookRiot.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Themes and Communities in Children’s and Young Adult Books

This collection of resources focuses on specific communities and identity elements, sometimes using umbrella terms. If a category is not reflected, it’s likely because a quality resource(s) has not yet been identitied. Suggestions and feedback are encouraged. Respective #ownvoices are centered. SEE ALSO the Craft of Writing Diverse and Inclusive Books.

African/Black Heritage

Africa Access: “expanding perspectives on Africa, book by book.”

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African American Voices in Children’s Fiction from the Arrowhead Library System.

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