Celebrating Diversity Awareness in Children’s Books

Geek Club Books is participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day to celebrate diversity awareness in children's books. More specifically, we are advocating for there to be more stories with main characters who are on the autism spectrum. Here is a link to the reviews and interviews we've published as a part of this special day: No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s Soccer Bugs, a Children's Book that Honors and Celebrates Diversity Lucy's Amazing Friend: A Story of Autism and Friendship Multicultural … [Read more...]

On the Edge of Gone: Whose Lives Matter Most?

Corinne Duyvis was born, raised and currently living in Amsterdam. She's the author of Otherbound, a young adult fantasy novel that received rave reviews. Her latest book, On the Edge of Gone, is a young adult science fiction novel released this March and is also racking up the accolades. Both are published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS. I first "virtually" met Corinne when I interviewed her about Disability in Kidlit, a website she co-founded with author Kody Keplinger which discusses the portrayal of disabled characters in children’s … [Read more...]

#ReadYourWorld – A Story about Autism and Friendship

It's important...no it's essential that that children's literature embrace diversity. Children will learn understanding and acceptance when they can experience stories about other cultures, people, and traditions. They'll build self confidence when they see themselves represented as characters in stories they read. The Multicultural Children's Book Day, celebrated on January 27th, brings awareness to the importance diversity in children's literature. I was thrilled to join the team to call out the importance of having stories with autism themes … [Read more...]

Are You Seeing Me? New YA Fiction from a Sibling’s Perspective

Darren Groth is a Vancouver author and "new-ish" citizen of Canada, having moved from his native Australia in 2007. His novels include Kindling, published by Hachette in 2010 and released in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan; and his most recent YA work, Are You Seeing Me?, published by Random House Australia and released in Canada and the US through Orca Book Publishers. Darren's novels have gained recognition and have won many prestigious awards including the CBCA Book of the Year (Australia), the International Youth Library's White Raven … [Read more...]

Changing World Views Through Comic Books

In how many cartoons or comic books do we see a dog chase its life-long nemesis- the house cat? An adult dog and adult cat don’t make easy friendships. However, a puppy and kitten raised together from birth can grow-up together and behave as playful siblings. Biological and prejudicial instincts can be overturned by early intervention. I propose we have a chance to advocate for a better future for our children, and make a world where differences can be celebrated, not hidden or ridiculed. [Tweet "Let's make a world where differences can be … [Read more...]

Disability in Kid Lit
Interview with YA Authors
Kody Keplinger and Corinne Duyvis

Kody and Corinne, after checking out your websites I am so impressed with how “together” you are at such a young age and at the beginning of your careers. What great role models you are and I can’t wait to find out more about you both. You are both published authors in YA fiction, what inspired you to write and why did you choose this particular genre? Corinne: What inspired me to write was the sheer fun of it, and love of reading. Characters start taking on lives of their own in your head: writing those lives down is the next logical … [Read more...]