Friendship and Families with Sarah Hagger-Holt
Tuesday 23rd March, 11am
Join Sarah Hagger-Holt, author of Nothing Ever Happens Here and Proud of Me to think about family dramas both on the page and off. She’ll be talking about how to tell good stories about different families and sharing her top tips and ideas about how to create our own family stories.
If you’ve got questions for Sarah, send them in advance to email@example.com.
These books are most suitable for children aged 9-12 and cover themes of friendship, family and identity. If you’re a Key Stage 2 or 3 teacher who’d like to get involved with your class, drop us an email so we can give you a shout out! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proud of Me
An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you. Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can’t wait until he’s eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he’ll do anything to find out more – even if it involves lying. Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more? Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them…but right now, they’re struggling to even accept themselves.
Nothing Ever Happens Here
“This is Littlehaven. Nothing ever happens here. Until the spotlight hits my family.” Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy’s always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what’s right?
Sarah Hagger‐Holt works for LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall and lives with her partner and two daughters in Hertfordshire. She is the author of two adult non‐fiction LGBTQ+ parenting books and has written for the i paper, the Huffington Post, and spoken on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about LGBTQ+ parenting. ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ was sparked by interviews that she carried out with trans parents and their children when researching her book ‘Pride and Joy: A guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents’, where she was struck by the contrast between their honest, complex stories and the ongoing, sensationalist media coverage of trans people’s lives.
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