I’m Thaddeus Andracki, and I am a middle school librarian at Rowley Library at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

My research and professional interests include criticism and analysis of literature for young people; comparative ethnic studies and queer studies; and digital cultures. I currently chair the American Library Association’s Rainbow Book List Committee.

I’m also interested in running, baking, coffee, whimsy, plants, shiny things, affect theory, activism, and love as a hermeneutic of social change.

I don’t update my blog often, but it’s primarily updates on professional activities or short thought pieces/essays on things I’m researching. So: children’s literature broadly conceived, queer theory, racial justice, and social justice in the information age.

The title of the blog is a more hopeful riff on the title of what is widely credited as the first modern American novel published for young people to deal with explicitly queer themes.

I’ll get there. It’ll be worth the trip.

2 responses to “About

  1. I am trying to obtain an accurate count of the number of children’s and young adult books with LGBT characters published from 2009 to 2014. Would adding up the books on the Rainbow Booklist for November for those years be an accurate number? If not, any advice would be appreciated! Thank you. Janis Harmon

    • Hi, Janis! Unfortunately, no the Rainbow List will not be an complete, accurate count. The Rainbow List highlights books that the committee thought were to be recommended with exceptional focus on LGBTQ experiences. The List often will not contain books with secondary characters, nor will the committee find every book with a queer protagonist useful for the List.

      The most comprehensive data for recent years that I’ve seen come from Malinda Lo, but she focuses mostly on mainstream publishers and does not include YA from smaller, LGBT-specific presses, which do a great deal of good work each year. Thomas Crisp and Christine Jenkins have both worked extensively with numbers in the past and may be good people to ask. However, I know that neither of their recent projects have been particularly about counting.

      With the veritable explosion of LGBTQ children’s and YA literature in past years—especially of books with a side character or two who’s queer—I think many people have found keeping track of this data unwieldy. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful!

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