This week on Under the Radar:
It’s Transgender Awareness Week, which is a time to reflect on issues facing the trans community, including representation in media. One space that is becoming more inclusive? Children’s literature. There is a growing catalog of books that center trans kids as main characters, and more stories that portray a range of experiences. Advocates want more trans authors and characters to be seen and heard.
Kyle Lukoff, Stonewall-winning author of “When Aidan Became a Brother” and 2021 National Book Award finalist for the novel “Too Bright To See.”
Vanessa Ford, co-author of "CALVIN," a children's book centered around a transgender boy, inspired in part by Ford's child. Ford is also a nationally known advocate for transgender youth rights.
Katy Kania, head of teen services at Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts.