Check out the list of amazing women who’ve already been nominated for the “Badass Ladies You Should Know” interview series! I can’t promise I’ll get to interview them all (OMG Margaret Atwood) but you gave me a fantastic place to start.
If you’d like to suggest someone, use the form here. Any lady, genderqueer, and non-binary identifying creatives are welcome.
We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new award/grant initiative named after the late, great Walter Dean Myers:
The Walter Dean Myers Award, which WNDB representatives have already nicknamed The Walter, will recognize published authors from diverse backgrounds who celebrate diversity in their writing and “[allow] children to see themselves reflected back” in those works
Read more about the initiative and check out our snazzy new logo in our exclusive to PW!
To quote Lee & Low, it’s really impressive to see how the We Need Diverse Books team has turned “a hashtag into real, substantial change in a very hard-to-change industry.” There is, of course, a LONG LONG LONG LONG way to go, but WNDB’s consistent, committed activism is truly awesome, and I’m very excited for The Walter and more changes to come.
Thanks to the awesome John Green for all his support!!
Transgender Teenage Couple Transition Together (via The Huffington Post)
A pair of teenagers from Oklahoma might seem like your typical young couple, but their love story is unlike many others. The transgender couple actually transitioned together.
Just two years ago, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill hadn’t transitioned yet. The two had struggled with their identities throughout childhood; Hill had struggled with bullying. Then one day they met at a trans support group, after each had begun the transitioning process, and they fell in love.
Found this ridiculously sweet story today and wanted to share it with my followers.
SCREAMS LOUD ENOUGH TO BREAK WINDOWS
I am super surprised that this story blew up on Facebook.
Okay every time I cone across this in my likes I start making very very un-manly squeeing noises.
(Source: teresavampa, via shutiao)
Learned about The Young Elites hitting #4 on the NYT list right as we discovered a beautiful patch of flowers in Hood River, Oregon, all underneath a full rainbow arc. Completely overwhelmed. I love you all. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. <3<3<3
I knew it! Didn’t I tell the entire world how fabulous this book was for months now? Of course I did! So proud of my Marie!!