Friday, August 15, 2014

Week Two for OUR favorites, Day Five: Blogs and Bloggers, Last but not least "Disability in Kidlit"+ Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

Some of the best book blog sites online by far are the ones who bring up subjects, topics and discussions most might never think to consider having. When you're marginalized, you have no choice but to have these conversations, as they are the only way to truly shed light and kick stereotypes about marginalizations in the butt.

The first YA fantasy series Libertad and I wanted to release features a main character, who with time becomes a character with a disability. But not having a disability ourselves, there are A LOT of wrong ways to go about making a character with a disability.

There are several book or entertainment blogs that bring up characters with disabilities, many of which we've highlighted in March during our Blogoversary.

But the one we find the most beneficial has to be...
*Disability in Kidlit*

We genuinely feel Disability in Kidlit needs to be here. We talk about race, religion, sexuality, but most people avoid characters with disabilities in books. So most likely, most also avoid talking about characters with disabilities who intersect with these marginalizations as well.

When it comes to characters with disabilities, it's extremely important to research EXTENSIVELY first. There are disabilities one can see, but many that cant be see. There are disabilities people are born with, and many individuals aren't. Like writing outside one's race or religion, writing a character with a disability, especially when you don't have that particular disability, or don't have any at all requires much more research if it is to portrayed with an acceptable accuracy, that wont be offensive.

So if you are considering writing a character with a disability, you need to be following this blog.

Disability in KidLit is managed by three talented authors by the names of Kody Keplinger, Kayla Whaley, and Corinne Duyvis. Outside of yesterday's blog favorite Diversif_YA, I dont think we follow a blog more avidly.

Corrine has even been on our blog with a guest post titled A Confession and a Plea, and Kayla chimed in on Day 10 of our Blogoversary with post All The Great Places Disabled Characters Can Go !

Maybe were over doing it, but you should be following Disability in KidLit!

So you can see how we saved the best of the book blogs/bloggers for last!

 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!



  1. I loved Kody Keplinger's The Duff, one of the best contemp books I've read. Their blog looks really inspiring!! Following them now.

  2. @Ashfa, I havent read it yet, but I do have Corinne's book! Love that it has characters of color and are queer! Plus it's fantasy! Love their blog!

  3. I've heard good things about Corinne's Otherbound though I haven't read it yet. The cover is stunning too!

  4. @Ashfa I havent read it either, but the cover is stunning! I bought it about a week after it came out!


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