Join me in Milwaukee at Books Matter: Changing the World Through Literature

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

Blessed are the Authors Whose Books are Banned!

Check out E. Kristin Anderson’s blog! She asked me and some other authors to blog about Banned Book Month. Please visit her excellent site, Write All the Words! and read my guest post. Here’s the post I contributed to E. Kristin Anderson’s blog, Write All the Words, to commemorate Banned Book month. Banned Books Month Guest… Continue reading Blessed are the Authors Whose Books are Banned!

“Stonewall” author Ann Bausum Recommends “Double Exposure”

The following article appeared in the June 7, 2015 issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Just Read It | Ann Bausum “Just Read It” is a regular feature in which the State Journal seeks recommendations from authors, literary enthusiasts and experts, focused on the contributor’s particular genre of expertise.  Ann Bausum writes about history for… Continue reading “Stonewall” author Ann Bausum Recommends “Double Exposure”

“Double Exposure” Nominated for Foreward Reviews INDIEFAB Book Award of the Year Finalist

Traverse City, MI, March 12, 2015—Today, Foreword Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 17th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. For a full list of the finalists, searchable by genre, visit: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/ Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors… Continue reading “Double Exposure” Nominated for Foreward Reviews INDIEFAB Book Award of the Year Finalist

A Call for Compassion for Trans Teens (And Parents, Too)

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)

When Words Kill: The Trauma of Bullying

Article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: When Words Kill. By Bridget Birdsall. Sticks and stones can break your bones but words can actually kill you. Seriously. It happened in my family, and it could happen in yours. Jeffrey Fehr was different. He was handsome. He was 18 years old. He’d been the captain of his high… Continue reading When Words Kill: The Trauma of Bullying