Before Medal on My Mind begins looking at Stonewall Award contenders, here’s an overview of what the authors of previous winner and honor books have coming out for the 2019 award cycle. There are a few here we’ll definitely be writing about. Do you think any of these have a good shot?
It’s almost that time again! Medal on My Mind is getting ready to take a close look at 2018’s queer books for kids and teens in anticipation of the 2019 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Stonewall Book Award. Some exciting announcements and housekeeping details before we get into the good stuff:
A New Home
We have an official website! You can now link to Medal on My Mind at www.medalonmymind.com
(Though the wordpress address still works, too.)
Stacy and Dani are returning to the blog for a second time round. Kazia won’t be here with us this year—but for very good reason: she’s currently serving on the 2019 Sibert committee. We’re excited to welcome two new contributors: Alec Chunn (who dreamed up the initial idea for MoMM) and Kit Kavanagh-Ryan.
Alec (he/him/his) is a librarian and book reviewer in the Pacific Northwest. He holds joint masters degrees in library science and children’s literature and served on the 2018 Rainbow Book List Committee.
Kit (she/her/hers) holds a Masters of Information Management and is mid-PhD at Deakin University, specialising in children’s fiction, disability and secondary worlds. She works as an alcohol and other drug librarian at a not-for-profit and lectures in young adult and children’s literature at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
What To Expect
Our blogging format will look a little different this year. Between August and November, every week(ish), there will be a new short post from one of us providing a brief overview of a book and some thoughts on its queer rep. We’ll also do some round-ups to give consideration to as many books as we can.
In December and January, as the award announcement approaches, we’ll take a closer look at the strongest contenders as determined by your feedback. These posts will read more like conversations among the four of us as we try to pin down the specifics of what makes a book award-worthy.
We’re looking forward to featuring more guest posts from fellow queer reviewers this year. If you’re interested in writing for Medal on My Mind, please email email@example.com with the title(s) you’d like to cover and, briefly, why.
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