The reason I think it’s so important to fight the narrative that JKR couldn’t have done any better in her novels, particularly arguments that attribute that to them being children‘s books, is that so many authors out there- and specifically so many authors of young adult and middle grade and even picturebook fiction- actually do the work to make sure representation is present.

Publishing, and especially big six publishing, absolutely has a long way to go in terms of representation. But the decision to erase the representation we do have, in order to defend the most powerful among us, doesn’t do anything to support those texts, but does a lot to erase the work of the people who perhaps aren’t as well known, but are conscious of who their words impact when they write them.

There is so much wonderful LGBTQIA+ content in children’s and young adult literature right now, and there was in the 2000s and there was as far back as 1969 when I’ll Get There It Better Be Worth the Trip killed the dog, and it is basically professional malpractice for anyone remotely involved in the field of children’s literature to let claims that JKR did as much as she could go unchecked.

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I’m actually a huge fan of Joyce Patti’s original illustrations for Tamora Pierce’s books because they’re the ones that I grew up with. Her illustrations really defined my childhood and gave life to the characters I loved reading about. So I thought it would be a fun idea to compare them side by side with my 2017 versions :) 

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For weeks, my wife saw me through the window from her desk and famously called me her “work boyfriend” before we even met 😂 

Her and a coworker saw me eating a banana on my way in and joked that they “liked bananas, we have so much in common!” 🍌 

Eventually she pretended to get something from her trunk to try and talk to me, which is when I said hello. I had a lot of fun summing up this story through dialogue and using my car window as comic panels!

**(If any librarians/teachers/bookstore peeps etc want a free printed version of this poster please email me at adriennekress @ gmail.com)**

Guys. I’m in love. With a poster. It’s time I told the world! And honestly, can you blame me?? Look how beautiful it is! And what a great personality it has as well - readers really ARE explorers! And of course there’s a pig in a teeny hat… I mean …that’s kind of the icing on the cake. Or … pig in a teeny hat on the book pile …

Anyway, yes, I love it. I’m a very happy person. The artist for my book series, THE EXPLORERS, @mrockefeller, created it and I just am overwhelmed with what an amazing job he did. I love the colour palette, I love seeing Sebastian and Evie just hanging out, I love the layout, I love the symmetry that is but also isn’t, I just … I love it :) <3

Day 8 of #31daysofharry Remus Lupin!

Lupin is very special to me. I’ve never read of a character in a book that feels so familiar to me.

My Dad is a Doctor, growing up his hours would be late, and long depending on the shift he had to work. I remember as a little girl I would dream he was a werewolf and that was why he was gone at night :P. He introduced me to monster movies, and werewolf lore.

When I was in junior high I wanted him to read Harry Potter. The best way of doing this was listening to the audio books together so we could talk about the story in tandem. 

To this day if my Dad has a hard shift at the hospital and is looking worn out he can turn to me and smile and say “I feel like Lupin”. It’s such a great way to communicate life’s stress, and the hard things we deal with that we don’t always have control over.

Lupin is patient with students, studious, moral, He deals with a stress that is hard for others to understand, and is an incredible role model to Harry. 

Here’s to Lupin! And all of those other great mentor/guardians out there.