Interviews, Writing, Publishing
Writes For Kids - from the education department
of Drury University in Springfield, MO. Author and other children's
literature links, book recommendations, reading events, etc.
Author Corner - a site for librarians and
for kids in grades 2-10. Book reviews, award information, author
links, and more.
author interviews, bibliographies, scheduled appearances, etc.
A wonderful site for teachers, librarians, and their institutions
as well as for teens. Access is by subscription only, but a 30-day
free trial is available.
Book Council - nonprofit
organization whose purpose is to encourage literacy and the enjoyment
of children's books. Lots of news about books, authors, illustrators,
publishing, educational programs, etc.
Literature Resources - an award-winning site
with tons of author, illustrator, book, and writing information.
Cynthia Leitich Smith - a site full of information: resources in children's and young adult literature, author interviews, tips on writing, and more.
of Children's Literature - articles, tips,
chats, interviews, plus information about their correspondence
course in writing for children.
Collection - a site describing the collection at the
University of Minnesota of 90,000-plus children's books, and
manuscripts and illustrations for more than 10,000 children's
books, plus other items related to children's literature.
Manuscript Workshop - information about author-illustrator-teacher
Barbara Seuling's excellent workshops in writing children's books
and stories; the workshops are for adults.
Purple Crayon - a goldmine of information about
writing and publishing children's material from children's book
editor Harold Underdown. Lots of links, lots of great information.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators -
information for people who write or illustrate or are otherwise
involved with children's literature, with many author and illustrator
Read Too - a website for teens, containing book reviews,
author information, award lists, contests, and lots more.
LGBTQ Organizations and Services
The Trevor Project - A nationwide organization that maintains the TrevorLifeline (a hotline for LGBTQ kids in crisis and/or who are considering suicide), TrevorChat (an instant messaging service that lets teens talk with and ask questions of trained, supportive volunteers); and TrevorSpace (a safe social network for LGBTQ teens).
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - This organization's mission is to foster a safe school climate for all students nationwide and to ensure that students are "valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression." Among their activities are registering and helping to develop gay-straight alliances (GSAs), sponsoring the National Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week, and holding workshops for educators.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) - A national organization dedicated to supporting parents, families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ people, and helping them adjust to, understand, and support their LGBTQ loved ones. Their mission is to "create a world in which our young people may grow up with freedom from fear of violence, bullying, and other forms of discrimination."
The It Gets Better Project - This amazing on-line site contains videos made by LGBTQ people of various ages and all walks of life in which they tell their stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying, harassment, and other forms of discrimination and misunderstanding, and how they found that, as times went on, their lives really did get better. There are also supportive videos provided by well-known straight allies and statements from celebrities and other well-known people--for example, President Obama, Hilary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneris--plus groups like the Broadway Community, the Facebook staff, etc.
The Make It Safe Project and Blog - The Make It Safe Project "donates books about sexual orientation and gender expression to schools and youth homeless shelters, giving more than 60,000 teens access to fiction and nonfiction about LGBT characters and issues so far. Statements from authors of those books appear on the site's blog."
LGBT Writers in Schools and My Story - LGBT Writers in Schools "connects authors with high school classes, universities, and colleges via free Skype or in-class visits to discuss the author's work and LGBT issues. As part of LGBT Writers in Schools, My Story YA Book Club is an online forum where LGBT youth and their supporters can read a story like their own and participate in an open discussion with like-minded readers. Focused on providing an open and welcoming atmosphere online, My Story covers many genres including fiction, memoir, and poetry, and exposes diversity in the positive and creative conduit of literature."
Rumpus - an on-line magazine for children and teens growing
up in LGBT families; it features stories, reviews, news,
games--lots of neat stuff!
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) - An organization, nationwide, for people who have one or more LGBTQ parent, with the purpose of developing community and working toward a world in which all kinds of families are valued and respected.
for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association -
the organization that sponsors Banned Books Week and keeps records
of challenges and bannings to books in the nation's libraries.
Coalition Against Censorship - this organization campaigns
against censorship attempts of all kinds.
Speak - is a site on which kids speak
out about censorship, describe their experiences, and work to
and Illustrator Links
Julie Anne Peters