On this episode of The Kidlit Social, meet a legend: Lesléa Newman, author of dozens of children’s books that have made a major impact on our culture.
In 1989, Lesléa published her first picture book, Heather Has Two Mommies. It’s a work that has deeply inspired parents and children, LGBTQ and otherwise, and has been a lightning rod for censorship and book bannings. Since then, Lesléa has built an award-winning career filled with beautifully written and meaningful books that give life to her motto: Changing the World One Book at a Time.
We chat with her about her amazing career, her current work, the role her Jewish heritage plays in her writing and how writers can stand strong in the face of a renewed wave of intolerance and book banning.
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