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Writing for kids in an age of censorship: Kyle Lukoff in conversation with Laurel Snyder

Event date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place in person at Charis and on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. This event is free, but registration is required for virtual attendance. Click here to register to attend virtually. Please read the in-person event guidelines at the bottom of this page to be sure you can participate in the event.

Charis welcomes two of our favorite path-making writers of kids' and middle grade fiction: Laurel Snyder (The Witch of Woodland, Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!, Charlie & Mouse, and many more) and Kyle Lukoff (author of "Too Bright To See," "When Aidan Became A Brother," and the forthcoming There’s No Such Thing as Vegetables and "A World Worth Saving" and more!). Snyder and Lukoff each write heart-centered stories for kids' real lives, which means that they have experienced censorship and backlash alongside praise and acclaim. In an era where telling the truth to children has become an increasingly radical and politicized act, we welcome the parents, educators, librarians, writers, and young people in our community who would like to learn more about writing and publishing in our contemporary age. This event is co-sponsored by SOJOURNSOJOURN is the premiere resource for Jewish and LGBTQ+ education, outreach, and advocacy in the Southern U.S.

Kyle Lukoff is the author of many books for young readers. His debut middle-grade novel, Too Bright To See, received a Newbery honor, the Stonewall award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His picture book When Aidan Became A Brother also won the Stonewall, and his book Call Me Max has been banned in schools across the country. He has forthcoming books about apologies, vegetables, death, unicycles, and lots of other topics. While becoming a writer he worked as a bookseller for ten years, and then nine more years as a school librarian.

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers, including, most recently, The Witch of Woodland. Other titles include Orphan Island, which was longlisted for the National book Award, and Charlie and Mouse, which was honored with the Geisel Medal.  Laurel teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University and lives right here in Atlanta.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
The Witch of Woodland By Laurel Snyder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062836656
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - May 16th, 2023

A young girl preparing for her bat mitzvah discovers she has mysterious abilities in this magical contemporary coming-of-age story from the beloved author of Orphan Island.

Hi, whoever is reading this. I’m Zipporah Chava McConnell, but everyone calls me Zippy.

Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! By Laurel Snyder, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452144825
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 19th, 2022

This funny, original, choose-your-path picture book of fractured fairy tales will charm any young fan of the genre, putting the power of storytelling right in the reader's hands!

Grab your basket and your coat.

Charlie & Mouse: Book 1 By Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452172637
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Four hilarious children's stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible and award-winning beginner chapter book—now in paperback! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana.

Too Bright to See By Kyle Lukoff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593111178
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

A National Book Award Finalist
"A gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding." –The New York Times Book Review

When Aidan Became a Brother By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620148372
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lee & Low Books - June 4th, 2019

Stonewall Book Award Winner - American Library Association (ALA)

This sweet and groundbreaking picture book, winner of the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.

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There’s No Such Thing as Vegetables By Kyle Lukoff, Andrea Tsurumi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyle Lukoff, Andrea Tsurumi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250867841
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 27th, 2024

A hilarious new picture book that exposes vegetables for what they truly are—leaves, roots, flowers, and stalks—by National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner Kyle Lukoff, perfect for fans of the Our Universe series.

Event Summary: 
Snyder and Lukoff each write heart-centered stories for kids' real lives, which means that they have experienced censorship and backlash alongside praise and acclaim.