I read the texts discussed herein thinking primarily of the ways pregnant and mothering teens I've taught might respond to them, but it's clear that many of these novels were not written for pregnant or mothering teens.
hen it comes to teen pregnancy, there is no stereotype. Others will have an opinion about sex and not change their minds for anyone.
All teens have their own opinions about everything that they do and don't do.
In part I chose some of these books because they were ones that the teen moms whom I taught particularly liked.
Others I chose because I wish I'd had them to use when I taught those girls.
I also had to experience my son nearly dying from a blockage that he had developed in his lungs and airway. If I knew that I was going to have the same baby and end up in the same position that I am now, I would do it all over again.
I know that just telling most teens to wait, to have sex, won't change their minds.
Though about a third of the students I taught during my time working with young mothers were African American, I've found only two YA novels written by and about African American women dealing with early sexuality and pregnancy.
In "Images of Black Females in Children's/Adolescent Contemporary Realistic Fiction," Deirdre Glenn Paul indicates that young adult and children's novels featuring White heroines refer to sexuality and bodily development more than twice as often as do novels featuring African American heroines.
I don't want to tell anyone what they should and should not do.
They would probably feel that I was bossing them around and sticking my nose where it does not belong.