Bookbird contents 1 / 2014

Editorial by Roxanne Harde


Queerness and Children’s Literature: Embracing the Negative by Laura M. Robinson 

Feature Articles

The Biggest Loser: Mercer Mayer's Little Critter Series, the Queer Art of Failure, and the American Obsession with Achievement by Michelle Ann Abate

Hey, I Still Can’t See Myself! The Difficult Positioning of Two-Spirit Identities in YA Literature by Robert Bittner 

The Invisibility of Lesbian Mother Families in the South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge by Damien W. Riggs and Scott Hanson Easey 

What a Shame! Gay Shame in Isabelle Holland’s The Man Without a Face by Anne Stebbins  

Sexual Slipstreams and the Limits of Magic Realism: Why a Bisexual Cinderella May Not Be All That “Queer” by Jon M. Wargo 

“A girl. A machine. A freak”: A Consideration of Contemporary Queer Composites by Jennifer Mitchell 

A Doctor for Who(m)?: Queer Temporalities and the Sexualized Child by Adrianne Wadewitz and Mica Hilson  


Celebrating the Margins: Families and Gender in the Work of the Swedish Picturebook Artist Pija Lindenbaum by Lydia Kokkola and Mia Osterlund 

Identifying Effective Trans* Novels for Adolescent Readers by Mary Catherine Miller  



The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam Lydia Kokkola

Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants by Lydia Kokkola Laura Robinson

Books on Books by Christiane Raabe and Jochen Weber 


October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepherd by Lesleá Newman Sylvia Vardell 

Donovan’s Big Day by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Mike Dutton Samantha Christensen 

The Girl of the Wish Garden: A Thumbelina Story by Uma Krishnaswami Taylor Kraayenbrink 

Nobody Knows by Shelley Tanaka Melek Ortabasi 

Nataberne [The Night Monkeys] byLakambini Sitoy, illus. by Lilian Brøgger Tia Lalani 

That’s Life by Robert Winston Doris Audet 

Lunar Eclipse by Serkan Aka and Ayse Pinar Koprucu, illus. by Serkan Aka Tülin Kozikoglu 

Kummallisuuksien käsikirja [The book od oddities] by Mauri Kunnas, Illus. by Mauri Kunnas Melissa Garavini


Focus IBBY by Elizabeth Page