A. J. Sass’s NCTE Talk: Resources & Book List

Hi everyone! Here are the resources and books I referenced during my talk at NCTE 2022.


LGBTQReads: Main Site

PEN America: Book Ban Tracking

We Need Diverse Books: How to Support Diverse Books During a Book Ban blog post | Raise money by buying WNDB merchandise

Freedom to Read Foundation: Main Site

National Coalition Against Censorship: Main Site

ACLU: Main Site

#FReadom: Main Site

EveryLibrary: Main Site

ALA Office For Intellectual Freedom: Main Site


Available to purchase/order/preorder from your favorite local indie bookstore!

Age Category Book Title Author Publisher Released
Picture Book Call Me Max Kyle Lukoff
(illus. Luciano Lozano)
Reycraft Books 2019
Picture Book When Aidan Became A Brother Kyle Lukoff
(illus. Kaylani Juanita)
Lee & Low 2019
Middle Grade Melissa Alex Gino Scholastic Inc. 2015
Middle Grade Star-Crossed Barbara Dee Aladdin 2017
Middle Grade Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World Ashley Herring Blake Little, Brown BFYR 2018
Middle Grade Hurricane Child Kacen Callender Scholastic 2018
Middle Grade Dragon Pearl Yoon Ha Lee Rick Riordan Presents 2019
Middle Grade Hurricane Season Nicole Melleby Algonquin Young
Middle Grade Zenobia July Lisa Bunker 2019
Middle Grade In The Role of Brie
Hutchens …
Nicole Melleby Algonquin Young
Middle Grade The Ship We Built Lexie Bean 2020
Middle Grade Strangeworlds Travel Agency L.D. Lapinski Aladin 2020
Middle Grade Hazel Bly And The Deep Blue Sea Ashley Herring Blake Little, Brown BFYR 2021
Middle Grade How To Become A
Nicole Melleby Algonquin Young
Middle Grade This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, And Us Katherine Locke
& Nicole Melleby
Knopf BFYR 2021
Middle Grade A Touch Of Ruckus Ash Van Otterloo Scholastic Press 2021
Middle Grade The Science Of
Being Angry
Nicole Melleby Algonquin Young
Middle Grade Sir Callie And The Champions of Helston Esme Symes-Smith Labyrinth Road 2022
Middle Grade The Best Liars In Riverview Lin Thompson Little, Brown BFYR 2022
Middle Grade Skating On Mars Caroline Huntoon Feiwel & Friends 2023
(May 30)
Middle Grade The Otherwoods Justine Pucella Winans Bloomsbury 2023 (Fall)
Middle Grade Jude Saves The World Ronnie Riley Scholastic Press 2023
(Apr. 18)
Young Adult Ash Malinda Lo Little, Brown BFYR 2009