News and Publications

March 2022

My new book is now available!

We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent is all about the ways LGBTQ+ people can make our families, give birth, feed our babies, and much more. In addition, it includes information on how health professionals and allies can best support our community. Dozens of LGBTQ+ people and allies have also shared their personal stories here, so the book contains loads of practical information as well as inspiring tales.

 August 2021

Gin & Topic podcast with B.J.


Published August 2021



‘Bravely crossing linguistic and political boundaries, and splendidly unorthodox in their approach, Epstein and Chapman offer a ground-breaking collection of essays on international LGBTQ+ literature for young people, with a much-needed emphasis on non-English language texts. With contributions by academics, librarians, authors, and activists, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of children’s literature to reflect the complexities of and possibilities for young people’s lives.’ — Paulette Rothbauer, Western University, Canada

‘Aiming to map global representations of LGBTQ+, from picture books to YAF, this volume witnesses how tricky it is to navigate queerness, in fiction, activism, and academia. Eye-opening at times, highly provocative at others, in suggested readings and theoretical scope, the value of this study resides in its activist take on queer children’s literature.’ — Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki University, Finland

Published June 2021

The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read

by David Sundin

The bestselling Swedish children's book of 2020, translated by B. J. Woodstein, with graphic design by Alexis Holmqvist.


Stop what you're doing! Don't you know that this book does NOT want to be read? Not now and not ever.

Because if this book is read all kinds of strange and magical things might happen. Silly things and secret things... Alligators might appear, the book might try to fly away, and before you know it you'll be having all kinds of unexpected fun. How AWFUL.

Don't let this book be read. You're not prepared.

Or are you?

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June 2021

Catch up on a chat with B.J. and Intellect Books on the @intellectbooks Instagram feed.

Image from Instagram post.
Instagram post from intellectbooks.

March 2021

The bird within me cover image

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist 2021

CKG21 Shortlist The Bird Within Me Twitt