Peer Reviewed Articles

[Forthcoming] “Beyond Mere Representation in the Classroom: Finding and Teaching Literature by and about LGBTQ+ People." Journal of Children's Literature 46.2 (2020).

“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.

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.

“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.

Editor Refereed Articles

[Forthcoming] "Master Class in YAL: Queering Religion in YAL." The ALAN Review 48.1 (2020).

"Fairy Tales, Feminism, and Fighting the Patriarchy: An Interview with Elana K. Arnold." Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature 57.2 (2019): 59-65.

“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.

“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.

Refereed Chapters

[In Press] Bittner, R. "Profile: Trans and Gender Nonconforming Characters in Young Adult Literature." LGBTQ+ Studies: An Open Textbook. Eds. Deborah Amory, Sean Massey, Jennifer Miller, & Allison Brown. New York: SUNY Press, 2021.

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.

Other Publications

"Pride isn't just about Peacocking." HarperCollins Children's School and Library Hub (2020). Web.

Review of Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ Content Since 1969, by Christine Jenkins and Michael Cart. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, and Cultures 10.2 (2019).

“’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.

Discussion/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)

IBBY Canada Awards Nomination Dossiers

Hans Christian Andersen Author Award Dossier (Deborah Ellis)

Hans Christian Andersen Author Award Dossier (Kenneth Oppel)


Doctoral Dissertation (Simon Fraser University, 2017):

  • Theorizing Trans Readership: Examining Ways of Reading Trans Themed Young Adult Literature

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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

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