Nancy Garden, author of Annie on My Mind, died on June 23rd at the age of 76. Garden created books that spoke to the needs of LGBT teens and families. She wrote in many genres, but my favorite will always be Annie on My Mind.
I first encountered the book in library school, reading about diversity and completely fell head over heels for it, so much that I made sure that it was in my first library I served in as a librarian. There, in the early ‘90s in southern Missouri, the library director decided that because an influential member of the community had complained, that Annie did not belong in our collection.
The tiger came out in me, and when I found out my director had pulled the book from the shelves, I confronted him. I’m sure that my arguments were not very well put together, but my passion moved him. The book returned to the shelves. Soon after that, I got to add Heather Has Two Mommies and other important LGBT books of the time to those shelves.
Annie on My Mind was not just an amazing read, but also an inspiring one. I learned that even as a very young librarian, I could rescue books and make sure that families in my community had access to them. I’ve never stopped doing that. Thank you, Nancy Garden.
Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:
2014 Mind the Gap Awards – The Horn Book – Books ignored by ALA Awards – http://buff.ly/UHkaQZ
2014 Quaker Books for Quaker Kids —
@fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production http://buff.ly/1pxueWh #kidlit
Cathy Cassidy’s top 10 books with secrets | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1jnX3AE
Children’s books do not need happy endings, Carnegie Medal winner says – Telegraph http://buff.ly/1pvO8RC
Duncan Tonatiuh Wants Latino Children to See Themselves in Books – NBC http://buff.ly/V6SlCn http://buff.ly/V6SlSA
The Giver’ Director Admits Color In First Trailer Was ‘An Error’ http://buff.ly/TrWK19
Barnes & Noble plans to spin off ailing Nook as a separate public company — Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1jiY7FY
Simon & Schuster expands library ebook lending program http://buff.ly/1mybYgD
U.S. publishers’ revenue from ebooks roughly flat in 2013, but unit sales rose – Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1myN7t3
Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots – CityLab http://buff.ly/Tw2nLO
10 Super Fun Teen Summer Novels That Adults Will Love Too http://buff.ly/TrWSh3
Carnegie Medal: ‘the darkest children’s book I’ve ever read’ – Telegraph http://buff.ly/1pvO5oF
David Levithan on LGBTQ books for teens | The Japan Times http://buff.ly/V6Jv7y
Men should be able to read YA, too http://buff.ly/UKlrXB
Planet YA Europe
Stephen Colbert Shares His Definition of ‘Young Adult Book’ With John Green – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1maPgpV
Why film adaption soundtracks need to fit with the original books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/TvU0Qg
Mary Rodgers, author of Freaky Friday, has died at age 83. She is also the composer of the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” Though Freaky Friday was her most well-known work, thanks in large part to Disney creating two movies based on it, she did write other books for children as well.