Disability in Kidlit is on indefinite hiatus.
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 features guest contributors from both the writing 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. All our contributors and editors identify as disabled; within this category, we seek to present a wide range of perspectives and experiences.
Nothing about us without us, as the disability rights saying goes!
- You can reach the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you do so, please look through our general FAQ and our Honor Roll FAQ to make sure your question hasn’t already been answered.