The State of the Bookshelf for LGBTQ-Positive Picture Books
This panel will take a deep dive into picture books representing LGBTQ families. In looking to the future, they will discuss creating picture books that kids 3-5 years from now will need in terms of representation. Help them celebrate the picture books we have, assess what we need, and write for the future.
Alli is the founder of OurShelves, a diverse books box subscription project aimed at proving and leveraging market demand for diverse kids’ books — and in particular, books with LGBTQ+ characters and families. Alli’s blog post, “We Need Everyday Books with Families Like Ours,” reached 55,000 people on Facebook as an early test in proving market interest in LGBTQ+ picture books. Alli is a queer writer herself and is represented by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown. Alli lives in the Portland, Maine area with her wife, Jenn, and daughter, Anna.
Megan Dowd Lambert
She will provide Speed Critiques for two picture books or early reader manuscripts.
Megan Dowd Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College, is the author of Reading Picture Books with Children, which introduces the Whole Book Approach to storytime that she developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She received a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for her picture book A Crow of His Own, and Real Sisters Pretend was named a 2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Must Read title by the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. The mother of seven children ages 1-21 in a multiracial, queer, foster-adoptive, blended family, Megan writes for Kirkus and The Horn Book and she is hard at work on new books for young readers.
He will provide Speed Critiques for two picture book manuscripts.
Christian Trimmer is the author of four picture books: Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies, Teddy’s Favorite Toy, Mimi and Shu in I’ll Race You!, and Simon’s New Bed (all with Simon & Schuster). When he’s not writing children’s books, he’s editing them as editorial director for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Hillsdale, New York. Learn more at christiantrimmer.com.
Moderator: Jeanette Bradley
She will do Speed Critiques of illustration portfolios or picture book manuscripts.
Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Her debut picture book LOVE, MAMA was published by Roaring Brook Press. It contains no cities, pastries, or trains, but was made with lots of love. Jeanette is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.
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