I am thrilled to be joining fellow children’s book author Miranda Paul at the upcoming Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Conference in Milwaukee. Our goal is to inspire educators to leverage the power of stories beyond their classroom walls. By sharing our own stories about how a picture book about women in Gambia has chronicled a large-scale… Continue reading Join me in Milwaukee at Books Matter: Changing the World Through Literature
“Instead of tormenting those who are different from us, we should be embracing them, and be thankful for their presence.” Mary As Double Exposure finds its way in the world, many readers have shared their own stories with me. I am continually awed and inspired by their honesty, tenacity and courage. What stands out most… Continue reading Growing Up Intersex: Embracing Teens Who Are Different
This article ran a few months back. However, after running into Kekla at ALA in San Francisco, I want to give a shout out on my blog to some very timely diverse books! The following article appeared in the Jan. 16, 2015 issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Just Read It | Bridget Birdsall “Just… Continue reading Summer Reading? Try these important diverse books by Kekla Magoon & E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Bullying, Basketball, and Some Cool Kids in Kenosha My sister saw this excellent news report of kids who have the courage to speak up when they see someone being bullied. Be brave, speak up, whenever YOU can–You are NOT alone!
“Mom, why don’t you self-publish?” For over twenty years my son, Quinn, had witnessed my fledgling writing career. He knew about the countless near misses. He’d seen me at my desk, day after day, hour after hour. Once, when he was in middle school, he even caught me still in my p.j.’s at the computer… Continue reading On “Write Now” Blog: My Son Said, “Why Not Self-Publish, Mom!”
I am thrilled that Double Exposure made it onto the nomination list for the Teen Choice Book Award. Please help me spread the word, and please vote–it’s fun, fast and easy, I promise! Click here to vote:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLXJ2G3
How will you answer Leelah’s call for change? The recent death of Leelah (Joshua Alcorn) has created a storm of responses. Some coming from a place of love and compassion, others ringing with anger, blame, and the same intolerance that propagated the pain, which led to Leelah’s fatal decision. Those of us who’ve read Leelah’s suicide note… Continue reading A Call for Compassion for Trans Teens (And Parents, Too)
Panther Pause is a TV show produced by students at UW-Milwaukee. Here’s the interview they did with me about Double Exposure. This piece first aired Dec. 5, 2014. [vimeo 113859996 w=550 h=350]
Gotta love my fellow writers and illustrators from SCBWI! Check out the generosity of it’s dedicated members below, and of course, that basket contained a copy of DOUBLE EXPOSURE, because hey, that’s where Alyx Atlas Kowalski lives! ____________________________________________________________________ CUDAHY, WI…The Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI-WI) gave a generous… Continue reading Cudahy Family Library Receives Book Basket Donation!
Who was your favorite character to write about and why? Aside from my primary protagonist, Alyx Atlas, who will always have a special place in my heart, the character who made me laugh was Alyx’s quirky, quasi-mentor, Uncle Grizzly. Despite his enormous tattooed girth, his Harley riding rough side, and the fact that he… Continue reading Q & A with Author Bridget Birdsall about “Double Exposure”