Queering Children’s Lit

October 3, 2018
6:00 pm—7:00 pm

Stories Books and Café get directions

Anastasia Higginbotham and Brontez Purnell

The recently launched Dottir Press exists to give a voice to common but silenced subjects, and nowhere is that more needed than children’s literature. The press’s first three children’s books focus on white privilege (Not My Idea), caring for a younger sibling as the child of a single parent (The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gasket), and introducing kids to astrology (Astro Baby!).

All three authors are longtime contributors to queer culture and bring a unique lens to stories for children: Michelle Tea (author of dozens of books including Valencia and Black Wave), Anastasia Higginbotham (author and illustrator of the Ordinary Terrible Things series), and Brontez Purnell (Whiting Award-winning author of Since I Laid my Burden Down). They will be in conversation about why diversity in children’s publishing must include more LGBTQ representation.

The panel will be moderated by Pickle, LA’s premier PTA Drag Soccer Mom and frequent reader at the popular Drag Queen Story Hour.