Laura Beam McKinney


Laura Beam is an educator, young adult literature scholar, and San Francisco native/local. She has spent the past decade working with teens and young adults. Her work has centered around literacy, service learning, and college preparedness for high schoolers and first generation college students. In 2017 she transitioned to working with middle schoolers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Mills College where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Stephanie Meyer’s young adult literature runaway hit, Twilight. After graduating from college, she became the associate editor of the 2011 New Press anthology, BE HONEST: And Other Advice From Students Across The Country. Laura Beam has spent the past five years researching, reading, and analyzing diverse young adult literature (inclusive of African American & Black, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American & Indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Non-binary, Asexual & Demi-sexual, and Disability & Mental Health perspectives), the culmination of which was the building of Everybody Books. She has a Masters degree in Equity & Social Justice Education from San Francisco State University. She wrote her masters thesis on the importance of access to diverse young adult books in schools. Laura Beam aims to read a minimum of 50 books per year, the majority of which are young adult and middle grade books.