The Librarian Is In Podcast, Biblio File
Where Are the Fat-Positive Children's Books? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 68
Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.
Spoiler alert: They barely exist! Frank and Gwen talk to librarian and advocate Angie Manfredi about the missing fat kids (and adults) in literature, the importance of body diversity in books, and the danger of creating a monolith of marginalized voices.
Guest Star: Angie Manfredi, head of youth services at Los Alamos Public Library
Abigail the Whale by Davide Cali
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Blubber by Judy Blume
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Alan Zadoff
And a last note from Angie:
"I forgot to mention one of my favorite fat books - Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. In this book, Gabi, a fat girl, is allowed to be human, imperfect and messy and mixed up and trying to figure her life out. While she is often sad and confused and lonely, Quintero shows how this is just part of being a teen, not a fate Gabi is destined to because of her fatness.This is one of the most important fat positive books because Gabi isn't perfect but she's real. Also, I mentioned the work of one of my close friends as inspiration, but I foolishly didn't tell you his name! His name is Angelo Muredda and I urge you to find his writing online."
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
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