Peer Reviewed / Edited Articles
“Queer Christian Voices in YA Literature: A Scholar’s Account of #OwnVoices Postioning in the 21st Century.” Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 1.1 (2018). Web.
“Reading Against the Grain: Re-Shaping the Meaning of Excellence in Children’s Literature Awards.” English Journal 107.2 (2017): 81-84.
Bittner, R. and A. Matos. “Fear and the Other: Exploring the Ties Between Gender and Self-Censorship in the Classroom.” The ALAN Review 44.1 (2016): 98-104.
Bittner, R., C. Stamper, and J. Ingrey. “Queer and Trans-Themed Books for Young Readers: A Critical Review.” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 37.6. (2016): 948-964.
“(Im)Possibility and (In)Visibility: Arguing Against ‘Just Happens to Be’ in Young Adult Literature.” Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture 1.2 (2016): 199-214.
“The Mainstreaming of Controversy in Children’s and YA Book Award Winners: How on Earth Did That Book Win?” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 7.2 (2015): 162-82.
“Hey, I Still Can’t See Myself! The Difficult Positioning of Two-Spirit Identities in YA Literature.” Bookbird 52.1 (2014): 11-22.
“Queering Sex Education: YA Literature with LGBT Content as Complementary Sources of Sex and Sexuality Education.” Journal of LGBT Youth 9.4 (2012): 357-72.
“The Trouble with Normal: Trans Youth and the Desire for Normalcy as Reflected in Young Adult Literature.” The ALAN Review 37.2 (2010): 31-35.
Bittner, R., C. Stamper, and J. Ingrey. “Queer and Trans-Themed Books for Young Readers: A Critical Review.” Queer and Trans Perspectives on Teaching LGBT-Themed Texts in Schools. Eds. Mollie V. Blackburn, Caroline Clark, & Wayne Martino. New York: Routledge, 2018.
Bittner, R. & M. Superle. “The Last Bastion of Aesthetics? Formalism and the Rhetoric of Excellence in Children’s Literary Awards.” Prizing Children's Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children's Book Awards. Eds. Kenneth Kidd & Joseph Thomas. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Bittner, R. “‘Are you a Girl or a Boy?’: Reading 10,000 Dresses with College Students.” Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. Eds. Kim Cosier, Rachel Harper, Jeff Sapp, Jody Sokolower, and Melissa Tempel. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 2016.
Meyers, E., and R. Bittner. “Green Pixels to Green Behaviours: Sustainability Literacy in Virtual Worlds for Children.” Children’s Play Worlds: Culture, Learning and Growth in Virtual Spaces. Eds. Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.
“’You’re letting my child read what?!’ What adults often fear when their children read about gender and sexual diversity.” Freedom to Read. (2018)
“From Rejection to Reconciliation: Changing Notions of Faith and Spirituality in LGBTQ YA.” Teen Librarian Toolbox (School Library Journal). 17 Aug. 2017. Web.
Review of A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, by Ma-Nee Chacaby and Mary Louisa Plummer. Canadian Journal of Native Studies 36.1 (2016): 236-8.
“Violence in LGBTIQ Fiction for Young Adults.” Teen Librarian Toolbox (School Library Journal). 3 Aug. 2015. Web.
“Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit: GLBTQ YA and Issues of Faith.” Teen Librarian Toolbox (School Library Journal). 16 Feb. 2015. Web.
“He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.” Wilde Magazine (Winter 2013). Web.
“Gender Diversity: Recommended Reading.” YAACING (Young Adult and Children’s Services periodical of the BC Library Association) (Spring 2013). Web.
“Censorship and Picture Books: An Annotated Bibliography of Frequently Challenged Titles for Children.” Young Adult and Children’s Services periodical of the BC Library Association (Winter 2012). Web.
“Queering Theology: An Exploration of Theology in Queer Young Adult Literature.” Epistle (2009): 29-33. Print.
Doctoral Dissertation (Simon Fraser University, 2017):
- Theorizing Trans Readership: Examining Ways of Reading Trans Themed Young Adult Literature
- Click here for online access
MA Thesis (University of British Columbia, 2011):
- Queering Christianity: The Journey from Rigid Doctrine to Personal Theologies in a Selection of YA Literature with LGBTQ Content
- Click here for online access