Writing Difficult and Taboo Topics for Middle Grade with Aida Salazar
Explore how to write books based on real-life feelings and events not commonly seen in middle grade fiction. How can we use literature to help middle grade readers navigate the complexities and sometimes harsh realities of life? How do we incorporate taboo topics into our books while keeping young readers engaged and censors at bay?
Aida Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (International Latino Book Award Winner), THE LAND OF THE CRANES (Fall, 2020), and the bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: THE STORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTER (Spring, 2021). All published by Scholastic. She is slated to co-edit with Yamile Saied Méndez, CALLING THE MOON: A middle grade anthology on menstruation by writers of color (Candlewick Press 2022). She is a founding member of Las Musas - a Latinx kidlit debut author collective. Her story, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.
Hilda Eunice Burgos
Hilda’s first middle grade novel, Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, was a 2015 Lee & Low Books New Visions Award finalist. It was released by Tu Books (an imprint of Lee & Low) on October 2, 2018.