by Kassia Graham
Representing diverse voices has always been a part of KidLit TV’s mission. In celebration of Pride Month we’re highlighting two of our StoryMakers who’ve made strides to share stories championing LGBT characters in kid lit. Their stories inspire and give hope to children so they know it does get better.
Tim Federle’s Five, Six, Seven, Nate! featured the first boy-on-boy kiss in middle grade fiction. In 2015 the book won a Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT YA/Children’s book. Federle will be writing short stories for the Middle Grade We Need Diverse Books Random House anthology.
Click any of the links below to watch Tim Federle’s episodes.
Talking and Tap Dancing with Tim Federle (read more about Tim and his books)
Hickory Daiquiri Dock and Tequila Mockingbird (this one’s for adults only)
Don’t forget to enter to win signed copies of Tim’s books (audio books too)!
Chris Shirley’s YA novel Playing by the Book is the first coming out novel to win a IPPY Award for Religious Fiction. Playing by the Book is the story of a preacher’s son who finds his true self while studying in New York City over the summer. In addition to being an author, Shirley is on the board of Lambda Literary.
Watch Chris Shirley’s interview with StoryMakers host Rocco Staino, now!