Consultation & Resource Development
If you're looking for ideas for including LGBTQ books into your classroom or some other environment, or if you want help building up resources around a book or theme, I'm here to help! I've developed discussion guides for a few YA novels, and I've also worked with SOGI 123 on building a vetted and annotated Book List for educators who are working to incorporate more LGBTQ topics and literature into their work and their classrooms.
See Discussion Guides below
LGBTQ+ Children's and YA Book List created for SOGI 123
Book Recommendations for Virtual Burnaby Pride (2020)
Book Recommendations for Queer Books for Teens
Addressing Book Challenges (Toolkits for Librarians, Educators, and Parents) created for We Need Diverse Books
Discussion and Educator Guides
Discussion Guide for Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card (Sara Saedi)
Discussion Guide for Hope and Other Punch Lines (Julie Buxbaum)
Discussion Guide for The Best At It (Maulik Pancholy)
Discussion Guide for Dear Haiti, Love Alaine (Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite)
Discussion Guide for Burn (Patrick Ness)
Discussion Guide for Kate in Waiting (Becky Albertalli)
Discussion Guide for The Initial Insult (Mindy McGinnis)
Discussion Guide for Game Changer (Neal Shusterman)
Discussion Guide for The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told by His Brother) (David Levithan)
Discussion Guide for How to Become a Planet (Nicole Melleby)
Discussion Guide for Beasts and Beauty (Soman Chainani)
Discussion Guide for A-Okay (Jarad Greene)
Discussion Guide for Different for Boys (Patrick Ness)
Discussion Guide for The City Beautiful and Bone Weaver (Aden Polydoros)
Author Guide for Camryn Garrett
Educator Guide for You Need to Chill (Juno Dawson)
Discussion Guide for Wrath Becomes Her (Aden Polydoros)
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