Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.
We believe that a thoughtful portrayal of disability requires more than memorizing a list of symptoms; we hope that sharing disabled people’s thoughts on stereotypes, pet peeves, particular portrayals, and their own day-to-day experiences will help our readers learn about the realities of disability, which are often different from what we see in popular media.
- To help readers, booksellers, librarians, and educators find good portrayals of disability in YA/MG novels, both by discussing books via reviews and by offering them the tools to judge these books for themselves.
- To help writers create more authentic, accurate, and respectful disabled characters.
- To help agents and editors recognize problematic portrayals of disability and steer their authors in the right direction.
- To help publishers share their books with disabled characters to our passionate readership.
- To give people from the disability community a place to discuss the books they loved, liked, and loathed.
Disability in Kidlit publishes a new post every first, third, and occasionally fifth Friday of the month. We feature guest contributors from both the YA/MG and disability communities—readers, writers, bloggers, activists, and more. We don’t have a fixed cast of contributors. Many people send in a single article, while others return every few months. Although we aim to present a wide range of perspectives and experiences, all our contributors and editors identify as disabled. Nothing about us without us, as the disability rights saying goes!
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A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne spends her days writing speculative kidlit. Her YA fantasy debut Otherbound was called “original and compelling; a stunning debut” by Kirkus Reviews, and her YA sci-fi On the Edge of Gone—about an autistic girl during the apocalypse—was deemed “utterly superb” by SFX Magazine. The books received seven starred reviews between the two of them. Her latest book is Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All, an original novel set in the Marvel Universe.
She was diagnosed with autism at 14 and ADHD-PI at 23.
Kayla is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop with work appearing at The Toast, The Establishment, Uncanny Magazine, and in Kelly Jensen’s upcoming anthology Feminism for the Real World. She is represented by Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency. When not buying way too many books, she’s usually being overly sincere on the internet.
Kayla was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy III, a neuromuscular disease, and uses a power wheelchair.
Natasha Razi writes adult and young adult fantasy. She’s lived in four continents and more cities than she can keep count of, most recently Washington DC, where she works as an environmental analyst and freelance editor. Her special talents include memorizing song lyrics, making up cake recipes, and messing up the editor team’s naming pattern by not being named Katasha.
Natasha has a variety of chronic physical and mental conditions.
Yahong (娅泓) is a current student in Québec, Canada, studying management and writing diverse MG & YA. She enjoys watching TV, knitting and Tumblr.
Kody is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several books for kids and teens, including The DUFF, which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2015, and a companion novel, Lying Out Loud. Her most recent book, Run, was released in June 2016. Kody is also a writing teacher, a guide-dog user, and a body-positive fashion lover.
She was born legally blind and, at age eight, diagnosed with a condition known as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, which leaves her with poor light perception and tunnel vision.