THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Morgan Jensen offers up some tips for writing a Character of Color.
THIS WEEK IN READING
It's Children's Book Week! Check out the gorgeous official poster and bookmark, vote in the Children's Choice Book Awards, and see what fun is happening near you.
The B&N Teen Blog has five YA novels with platonic boy-girl friendships to love.
"I’ve been told, more than once, that if I had a better imagination, I could read my favorite characters as Muslim – and I’ve tried, but it’s so hard when you know these characters aren’t coded for you." At the SLJ blog, Kaye M. discusses Muslim representation in YA.
Need to add to your TBR? Paste Magazine lists their fave YA of May.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
At BookRiot, Kelly Jensen talks about the reasons free e-books don't help poor kids. Begin with the fact that 1/3 of kids in families under the poverty line don't have internet access at home.
"One of the challenges with bisexuality is that society works harder to erase it than being gay or a lesbian, and this is obvious in the dearth of bisexual books in YA." Our girl Justina Ireland writes about bisexuality and racism in YA.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Take selfies? Read this. You are gorgeous. I love seeing your face.
On Seventeen.com, Sarah Dessan talks about the power trip--for her, for him--involved in dating an older guy. And how power can be dangerous.
14 Classic Children's Books Improved With Swearing. Exactly what the title says.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
My favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling ever. (via Alex Kahler)
Happy weekend, everyone! ~Kristin