Sparkle Boy

Written by: Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by: Maria Mola

For Ages: 4-8 years

Language: English, slight Spanish mention.

Topics Covered: Self-Expression, Gender Expression, Family Acceptance, Inclusiveness.

Summary: This book opens with two siblings, sister Jessie and younger brother Casey, in the living room of their home.  Jessie is dancing in a sparkly skirt, and Casey reaches out, wanting to wear it as well.  Jessie tells Casey he can’t wear a skirt because he’s a boy, but their mother says if Casey wants to he can.  His mother gives him a skirt that is too small for Jessie, and he is delighted to spin around.  Jessie is not so thrilled about this.  This scenarios happens again regarding nail polish, and sparkly bangles gifted to Jessie from their Abuelita.  Jessie is not happy, Casey is the happiest.  When the family plans a trip to the library a few days later, Casey wears all of his new sparkly things.  Jessie says Casey looks silly, but their mother says “Casey looks like Casey” and the family departs.  At the library, a young girl calls Casey a sister to Jessie, and Casey corrects her, saying he is a brother.  The girl says Casey is a girl, and can’t be a brother.  An older boy overhears the conversation and starts mocking Casey wearing a skirt, saying he looks weird.  Jessie comes to his defense, and they leave.  The final two pages of the book show Casey and Jessie sitting together, wearing all of their sparkles: skirts, nail polish, and bangles.  This is a realistic story, with some family members feeling reluctant to embrace someone that defies gender stereotypes.

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think Jessie feels like Casey shouldn’t wear what he wants to?
  • How do you think Casey feels when his mom lets him wear the different shimmery things that his sister gets to wear?
  • What do you think makes Jessie change her mind about what Casey wears when they’re at the library together?
  • Do you know anyone that wears things that not a lot of other people wear?  How do you think it makes them feel to have or wear them?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Think about what makes you the happiest when you wear it.  What does it look like, what colors are in it?  Draw yourself.
  • Think about what you could do if you saw somebody making fun of what someone was wearing the way the older boys were making fun of Casey.  How might someone feel when another person stands up for them?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

leslea newmanLesléa (pronounced “Lez-LEE-uh”) Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed; and Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received many literary awards, including creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fiction Writing grant, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Cat Writer’s Association Muse Medallion, and the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Ms. Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children’s books on lesbian and gay families: Felicia’s Favorite Story, Too Far Away to Touch, Saturday Is Pattyday, Mommy, Mama, and Me, and Daddy, Papa, and Me.

maria mola

Maria Mola  is a freelance illustrator and artist. She is from Barcelona, Spain, but she currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their two little children. She is passionate about bringing her art to the children’s picture book industry. Her clients include Lerner Publishing, Editions Anna Chanel, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill among others. Maria has worked in the educational field and for the trade market and she regularly collaborates with magazines too. Maria creates her work both digitally and in traditional media, often combining both. She specially enjoys bringing new characters to life. When not creating children’s book dummies, she enjoys playing with her children, reading and photography. Most of the times doing everything at once. With a cup of coffee, of course.

Pink is for Boys

Written by: Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by: Eda Kaban

For Ages: 4-7 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Gender stereotypes, Acceptance, Self-Expression, Individuality.

Summary: This is a simple book that explains how all the colors are for everyone, and gives plenty of examples!  These fun illustrations highlight the color of topic by giving more examples.  For example: Orange is for girls. And boys. And popsicles dribbling down sticky chins. The illustrations are fairly diverse and show many body types as well as ability levels.  A fun and quick read for young children, this would be a great book to begin a conversation within a classroom about gender stereotypes.

Reflection Questions:

  • What is your favorite color? Why is it your favorite?
  • Has anyone ever told you that you should wear a certain color because you are a boy, a girl, or somewhere else on the gender spectrum?
  • What does your favorite color make you feel?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Make a class list of as many colors as you can think of!
  • Choose a color that you don’t usually use in your art, and create a project just using that color, in it’s many variations. Talk about how it felt to use that color.
  • Talk about the color wheel and color theory, pointing out primary, secondary and tertiary colors.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

robb pearlmanRobb Pearlman is an author and associate publisher of pop culture and entertainment books including Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book, Anomalisa, Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema, Stuck on Star Trek, and The Princess Bride: A Celebration and a calendar program that includes major licenses as Star Trek, Game of Thrones, American Gods, Downton Abbey, Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy. He has edited monographs of the work and lives of award winning animators Bill Plympton and Ralph Bakshi, the movie tie-in books to Burlesque and Amelia, The Joker, the first book solely devoted to the DC Comics super-villain, as well as children’s books including Grandma Moses’s The Night Before Christmas, John Patrick Byrne’s Donald and Benoit, and A Poem as Big as New York City, illustrated by Masha D’yans. Robb has had successful events and signings at San Diego and New York ComicCons, bookstores and comic book retailers in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. He was featured as an on air commentator in National Geographic Channel’s “Generation X” series, contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has been featured on several pop culture blogs and SiriusXM radio shows. Robb serves on the Advisory Board of the MS in Publishing Program at Pace University and on the Board of Directors of Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

eda kabanEda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey with a great passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars. She has traveled the globe wearing a backpack slightly larger than herself. Her travels brought her to the States where she studied illustration. Her work can be seen in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, Macmillan, Perseus, Lufthansa Airlines, Mattel, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and The Village Voice among others. Her illustrations have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration and 3X3. She is represented by Shannon Associates and she continues to search for stories through love, laughter, and observations of the people around her. When she is not drawing, you can find her climbing some rocks, or biking the hills of the Bay Area. She currently resides in Oakland happily with her husband and their two Siamese cats, where they continually water their plants too much.

Antonio’s Card/ La Tarjeta de Antonio

Written by: Rigoberto González

Illustrated by: Cecilia Concepción Álvarez

For Ages: 7-10 years

Language: Bilingual English/Spanish

Topics Covered: Children of LGBT Parents, Latinx, Family, Courage, Acceptance.

Summary: This is a sweet bilingual book about a boy named Antonio that is worried about Mother’s Day at his school, and how his mother’s girlfriend Leslie will be accepted.  Antonio’s mother works late, so Leslie picks him up from school.  She is a tall artist, and has very short hair.  One day at dismissal, Antonio hears some kids making fun of Leslie and he becomes incredibly embarrassed.  The next day, Antonio’s teacher announces that everyone’s cards will be displayed in the cafeteria.  Antonio is not embarrassed about the two mother-figures he has, it is that his classmates call Leslie “the rodeo clown” because she often wears paint-stained overalls.  Antonio decides to have a conversation with his mother about it, and she asks him what Leslie looks like.  Antonio thinks carefully, and answers “Leslie dresses and walks like Leslie”.  His mother agrees, and says that everyone is a little different from each other.  The conversation ends with Antonio’s mother saying he is old enough to make a decision for himself about whether or not to display the card.  He decides to put the card up, but doesn’t want to stick around after school.  Antonio asks Leslie to take him to her art studio and wait for his mother there.  At the studio, Antonio sees a portrait that Leslie has painted of their family. He thinks about everything Leslie does for their family, and feels lucky.  Antonio tells Leslie he has a surprise for her, and they walk back to his school to view the card display.

This book is very realistic, and one of the first LGBT bilingual books that were recommended to me. It would be helpful in a bilingual program, an immersion classroom, or language class.  Some of the figure illustrations are a bit clunky and stiff, but the message and audiences reached are more important.  To have Latinx individuals creating LGBT and Latinx characters is a crucial intersection in children’s literature, and I would love to see more of them.

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think the kids at school are making fun of Leslie when they don’t know her?
  • How would you feel if you heard someone making fun of one of your caregivers?
  • Why do you think Antonio’s mother says it’s his decision to display the card?
  • How do you think Leslie feels when she sees the card displayed at Antonio’s school?
  • How do you think Antonio’s mom feels when she finds out that the card was displayed?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • This is another book that would be great in a unit on family or community.  What is an event you could make art for and display?  Are there any holidays your community celebrates together?
  • Are there any other bilingual books about family you can find?  Build a collection for your classroom and see how many different languages you can find represented!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

Rigoberto GonzálezRigoberto González (he/him) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista’s new and selected volume Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

cecilia alvarezCecilia Concepcion Alvarez (she/her) was born in National City, California. Her mother is Mexicana and her father is Cubano. Cecilia was raised between San Diego, California, USA and Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. This cultural and political mix inspired much of her work. Ms. Alvarez is a self-taught artist. Her work reflects her perspective on being a Chicana/Latina. She is primarily a painter who has also created large public art. Ms. Alvarez has worked extensively with youth in creating murals and cultural awareness. Cecilia has been invited to lecture on the symbology of her artwork throughout the United States and is featured in many private collections. Her work has been shown regionally, nationally and internationally. Ms. Alvarez is committed to create discourse through her art, on issues of entitlement, poverty and who is expendable in our collective. She hopes this discourse will create a new and healthier perspective on what is beauty, power and important to our societies. Ms. Alvarez currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two lovely young adult children.

Donovan’s Big Day

Written by: Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by: Mike Dutton

For Ages: 3-7 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: LGBT Marriage, Children of LGBT Parents, Lesbian Parents.

Summary: The plot line of this story follows Donovan, who is getting ready for a big event in his life.  He takes a bath, gets dressed in a fancy outfit, and squishes into the backseat with his relatives.  When Donovan gets out of the car, the reader realizes that he is part of a wedding-for his two moms!

The book sweetly covers Donovan’s integral part in his moms’ wedding, and how important he is to their family.  The story is overwhelmingly positive while showing Donovan’s nervousness about participating in the wedding.  The reader is taken on a journey of his preparations for the day without immediately spoiling the event.  The reader could hypothesize that the event is a wedding, but the story meanders through every detail of Donovan’s day before the grand reveal.  A great story for young readers that celebrates love and family.

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you ever been part of a big event like Donovan?
  • How do you think he is feeling when he wakes up?
  • How would you feel if your parents wanted you to help them celebrate something important like Donovan’s moms wanted him to help with their wedding?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • What is an event that you would like to plan, and invite people who are important to you?
  • What are some different family structures that you have in your life?  Having a conversation about how love runs through all of these different families will introduce the idea that there is not just one family style that is successful.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

leslea newmanLesléa (pronounced “Lez-LEE-uh”) Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed; and Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received many literary awards, including creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fiction Writing grant, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Cat Writer’s Association Muse Medallion, and the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Ms. Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children’s books on lesbian and gay families: Felicia’s Favorite Story, Too Far Away to Touch, Saturday Is Pattyday, Mommy, Mama, and Me, and Daddy, Papa, and Me.

mike dutton

Mike Dutton has been an illustrator his whole life! He wrote and illustrated my first book when he was in second grade, a stapled mass of dot-matrix printer paper filled with leaping dinosaurs. He broke into comics around the same time, all of the Sunday funnies to be exact. They were full of fart jokes and he thought they were hilarious but Ms. Colvin did not so she arranged a parent-teacher conference. It took a while, but he eventually bounced back and created a couple hundred “doodles” for Google, a couple kids books (Donovan’s Big Day, by Leslea Newman and Food Truck Fest, by Alexandra Penfold), and even a couple more comics… thankfully under adult supervision. For all things Kidlit, he is happy to be represented by Marietta Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. When he’s not illustrating, he’s either painting outside or going on adventures with his wife and two kids in their truck camper. You should see what he’s up to on his Instagram.

George

Written by: Alex Gino

Illustrated by: N/A

For Ages: 8-12 years (chapter book)

Language: English

Topics Covered: Gender Identity, Family, Trans Experience.

Summary: George knows she’s a girl, but other people don’t. This chapter book follows the self-acceptance and coming out of a young girl.  George wants to be Charlotte in the school play, but the role is only for a girl.  She secretly looks at beauty magazines and wishes she were friends with the glossy images.  These characters are beautifully developed for a young adult novel, and have very believable reactions and dialogue with each other.  George and her teenage brother Scott have a hardworking single mother, and she does her very best to accept George towards the end of the book but she has a very typical reaction at first, of being rather caught off-guard.  George’s best friend Kelly is unwaveringly supportive, and helps George make a plan to reveal herself not only as Charlotte but as a girl to everyone.

This book is beautiful, and the unexpected twists and turns make it hard to put down.  The plot explores a young mind from that believable perspective-unsure yet sure at the same time, nervous but yearning to break free.  Character development and tender exchanges between George and Scott were unexpected and welcomed, Scott accepts George immediately.  The end of the novel is particularly heartwarming, it features Kelly scheming to bring George along on a trip with Kelly’s uncle (who does not know George) so that George may dress how she likes and go by her chosen name of Melissa.  Melissa and Kelly have the best day at the zoo, and the end of the book ends on a positive note with Melissa looking forward to the rest of her life.

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think George feels when Kelly and Scott accept her, and don’t think she’s “weird” for knowing she’s a girl?
  • How do you feel when your friends accept what you tell them things about yourself?
  • What is your favorite part of the book, and why?
  • Why is it important to always be yourself, even if it might be a little scary sometimes?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Put on your own production of Charlotte’s Web!  Do you think that only girls should be cast as Charlotte, and boys as Wilbur?  Explore non-traditional casting, and see how creative you can make your rendition of this classic play.
  • Have an activity (like a carnival) where people can dress-up like their alter-ego, or be whoever they want!  Have attendees introduce themselves as whoever they want-maybe their true selves, their future career title, or maybe they already are living as exactly who they want to be!
  • Do some more in-depth research about trans youth organizations in your area, what can you do to help them?  Have a supply drive for items they need, or volunteer to spread their message of hope and inclusion.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

alex ginoAlex Gino (they/them) loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. They would take a quiet coffee date with a friend over a loud and crowded party any day. A former LSAT tutor who never touched law school, Alex can still talk your ear off about sufficient and necessary conditions. Born and raised on Staten Island, NY, Alex has lived in Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, NY; Astoria (Queens), NY; Northampton, MA; and Oakland, CA. In April 2016, they put their books and furniture in storage for what became an 18-month road trip through 44 states. They are now happily settled back into East Bay Area life. Alex has been an activist and advocate for LGBTQ+ communities since 1997, when they became co-chair of what was then called the LGBA at the University of Pennsylvania. It was renamed the QSA the year after they left. Coincidence? Unlikely. They are proud to have served on the board of NOLOSE, a fat-positive, queer, feminist organization dedicated to supporting radical fat acceptance and culture. Alex would like to thank the Black women and other amazing BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) folk of NOLOSE who raised their consciousness about race and how racism permeates our culture. Alex is now excited to work with We Need Diverse Books to bring powerful, thoughtful panels to book and publishing conferences.

 

Mary Had A Little Lab

Written by: Sue Fliess

Illustrated by: Petros Bouloubasis

For Ages: 3-5 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: STEM, Self-Esteem, Initiative.

Summary: This book is cleverly written in a rhyming scheme about a little girl scientist named Mary.  She looks through her lab window and notices that other children have friends and pets, and Mary gets to thinking.  She hatches a plan to engineer a machine that will make her friends, and it works!  Mary has a friendly pet sheep, and all the other children in her classroom want them as well.  When making duplicate sheep, the machine breaks.  Suddenly, there are sheep everywhere!  Mary’s classmates (and new friends!) help her fix the machine.  Mary adds wheels to her lab to herd her new flock of sheep, and starts a new business venture with both her human and ovine pals!

Reflection Questions:

  • What is an invention you would like to make?
  • Who are some friends you think would be good at helping engineer your invention?
  • Who are some famous women scientists that you have learned about?
  • What important contributions to science do you think they’ve made?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Design an invention like Mary.  What are some supplies you need?  Can you draw some plans for the invention, or make a model with recycled materials?
  • Have a Science/Invention Fair as a class and share all of your ideas.  What are some ways you could help make these inventions real?
  • As a group, come up with an invention that your community needs.  Who would you talk with to make plans for your invention to be used by people in your community?
  • Visit an inventor or engineer in their lab, or come visit the classroom.  Compile a list of questions to ask the scientist about their lab.  Do you think it looks like Mary’s lab in the book?
  • Sign up for a Skype A Scientist session, and get connected with scientists all over the world without having to leave your classroom!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

sue fleissSue Fliess (pronounced “fleece”) is the author of numerous children’s books including Tons of Trucks, Shoes for Me!, Robots, Robots Everywhere! and The Hug Book. Her background is in copywriting, PR, and marketing, and her articles have appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Education.com, Daily Candy Kids, Travelmuse.com, and more. She’s super excited because her Oprah Magazine article was chosen for inclusion in O’s Little Books of Happiness! She has also written stories for The Walt Disney Company. Her picture books have received honors from the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, have been used as curriculum tools in schools, in museum educational programs, and have even been translated into French and Chinese. After spending 17 years in sunny Northern California, her family moved to beautiful Northern Virginia, where they live with our English Labrador named Charlie and way too many mosquitoes.

Petros BouloubasisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA was born in Athens, Greece, where he attended the Graphic Institute of Design. He has participated in exhibitions in Greece, Spain, Japan and Iran. He teaches graphic design & illustration at private colleges.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Written by: Maya Angelou

Illustrated by: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Edited by: Sara Jane Boyers

For Ages: 4 and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: Courage, Fear, Social-Emotional Learning.

Summary: This book is the poem of the same title by Maya Angelou, coupled with the profound paintings of Basquiat.  By having the illustrations fairly abstract, it allows the reader to transpose their own life onto the lines of the story.  The line “life doesn’t frighten me” appears often, creating the ability for students to repeat out-loud and use almost as a mantra to build courage.  Some lines are more tangible fear, such as a new classroom.  Some lines are more whimsical, about fearing a fire-breathing dragon outside the window.  Overall, an important story for young children about being brave and a fantastic addition to any collection!

My class of 4-5year olds really connected with this story, and wanted to hear it over and over.  It’s a great introduction to social-emotional learning as well as poetry and prose.  The simple lines can provide many opportunities for conversations, and is easily memorized by young children.

Reflection Questions:

  • What scares you?
  • How have you overcome a fear in the past?
  • How could you help a friend that was feeling afraid of something?
  • Who helps you feel less afraid?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Have children draw creatures that can defeat their fears.  Have them draw themselves being brave with their creature!
  • Try writing a poem as a class, or in small groups.  Do you want to use rhyming words?  What will your poem be about?  Explore different styles of poetry and decide which type you like best!

About the Author, the Illustrator & Editor:

maya angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. Maya Angelou became one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. With over 50 honorary doctorate degrees Dr. Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. In the late 1950’s Maya Angelou joined the Harlem Writer’s Guild. With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings received international acclaim made the bestseller list. The book was also banned in many schools during that time as Maya Angelou’s honesty about having been sexually abused opened a subject matter that had long been taboo in the culture. Later, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings would become a course adoption at college campuses around the world. With more than 30 bestselling titles, Maya Angelou has written 36 books.
jean michel basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist who first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art cultures had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992. Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies”, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. In 1988, he died at his art studio at the age of 27. (Wikipedia)
sara jane boyers
Sara Jane Boyers is former music industry attorney/executive and personal manager of performers, Sara Jane Boyers changed direction to write and create books and to photograph. As a photographer, Boyers’ work has been picked for exhibition in juried competitions and exhibited in museums and galleries. As a writer, Boyers’ books have been critically acclaimed and her poetry published.