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Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in On Writing, Stop and Think | 9 comments

Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry  | Disability in Fiction

Today’s post is on about writing and reading, it’s about the vital role representation plays for our youth. If you never see yourself in the books you read, or in the stories around you, whatever their medium, it becomes a struggle to see yourself in the world in a positive and whole way. I know I’ve struggled with this myself, and I am so honored today to share this post by Elsa Henry on growing up with just such a lack of representation, and the vital role writers today face in filling that void.

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Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2) | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Books, Stop and Think | 4 comments

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2)  |  Disability in Fiction

We’re back with Part 2 of Reading While Disabled. Today, Alice Wong has asked the same group of five disabled readers to share the books they read growing up that had disabled characters (if any) and the impact of that, as well as books they’d recommend now. The conversation wraps up with a discussion of the We Need Diverse Books movement and the importance of representation.

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What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? – Reflections on MLK Jr’s Speech

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Stop and Think | 7 comments

What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? – Reflections on MLK Jr’s Speech

As we pause to reflect on the awesome legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, and the work that remains to us, I find myself going back to one of the reverend’s less well-known speeches. Most of us have read or watched or even studied his “I Have A Dream” speech, and it is fantastic and inspirational, and rhetorically brilliant. But I find Mr. King’s speech, given to an assembly of junior high school students six months before his assassination, the one that helps me most in looking forward and thinking about where I want to go, and how.

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The Power of Art, and The “We The People” Kickstarter

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Stop and Think | 0 comments

The Power of Art, and The “We The People” Kickstarter

Art has power.

One of the most amazing things about being a writer is hearing from readers who found something in my stories that aided them in some way

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Disability in Fiction: A Blog Post Series Kick-off and Giveaway!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Stop and Think | 15 comments

Disability in Fiction: A Blog Post Series Kick-off and Giveaway!

Today I’m really excited to kick off a new blog post series on Disability in Fiction. Over the next six Mondays I’ll be hosting a series of guest posts from #ownvoices authors, bloggers, and disability advocates. It’s going to be awesome! I’m also hosting a read-along of Defying Doomsday, an anthology of apocalyptic short stories featuring disabled heroines. Just for kicks, I’m giving away an e-book of Defying Doomsday, so make sure to scroll down to enter.

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Today Only: #KidLitForAleppo Fundraising Awesomeness

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Stop and Think | 0 comments

Today Only: #KidLitForAleppo Fundraising Awesomeness

We’ve all heard the terrible news from Aleppo, and it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of such violence, so far away. But there is something we can do!

Author Dana Alison Levy and Rachel Allen came up with the idea of #KidLitForALeppo – a flash, Twitter-based fundraiser.

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