So one of the really cool things about going to the SCBWI conferences is that you get to meet people doing amazing things!
At the recent SCBWI New York conference, one author I met was Katie Davis, who has a gig talking about Children's books on the Good Morning Connecticut TV show.
Here she's sharing three books about friendship with the TV show's viewers. One of the books is Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger.
What's awesome about Katie isn't only that she's including a Teen novel about a transgender teen, she defends the book from the knee-jerk discomfort of the show's host, who calls the book's handling of the subject matter "extreme." When Katie counters that it isn't extreme AT ALL, it's actually handled very well, the host admits he hasn't read it. She urges him to, and it's a great moment: check it out!
Thank you Katie, for getting word out there that all of us need books about GLBTQ Teen lives, too. You're making our world a better place!
p.s. you can check out Katie's blog here, too!