Diversity is critical in constructing culture and community identity within children’s literature. We grow up and are wired and re-wired by the stories we read as children and retell as adults. This gatekeeping happens at home, schools, and communities, often preventing new, different, and rewritten stories from being consumed, read, and valued as quality literature.

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In this free, digital, interactive literary magazine, Rethinking Children's and Young Adult Literatureteacher education students, English and Creative Writing students, and Journalism students invite you to engage with children’s and young adult literature as a way to raise social consciousness. We believe that children and young adults who identify as LGBTQ or who have a family member who identifies deserve to read about characters like them, about lives like theirs.

In this special themed edition, join me in hearing from and reading new works from celebrated children’s book writer Leslea Newman, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Newman, Adam Silvera, and Robert Munsch, checking out supporting teacher strategies and resources, and reading original children’s and young adult works which allow the reader to rethink gender and orientation.  Syd the Fella is a parody of Cinderella where Syd is looking for a prince, subtext is a play about adolescents experiencing romance and crossed wires, Bell Tower, where an African American girl confronts the church and her community about her identity, and Tiffy’s Story, a children’s picture book that explains transgender.  

This magazine is the product of a collaboration between Darolyn "Lyn" Jones, assistant professor in the Department of English; Jennifer Palilonis, George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of multimedia; English department, and teacher education students. The magazine will be published biannually in the winter and fall and will solicit submissions from Ball State students, faculty, and the community.

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Check out our website and learn more about future submissions at www.rethinkingkidlit.com.

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