Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GLBTQ books for children and teens

The 2009 Rainbow List has just been released. What is the Rainbow List, you ask? It's a joint undertaking of the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table that features books that are both well-written and have significant gay/lesbian/bisexual/trangender or queer content and are specifically targeted for people from birth to age 18. I know how hard it can be to find books that feature GLBTQ content AND are well-written, so it's great to see such a list available.

Please visit The Rainbow List's blog to see this year's introduction to the books picked for 2009. In the sidebar on the left of their blog you can find the complete 2008 and 2009 lists, as well as other recent posts. Go check it out!

Being the librarian that I am, I also feel the need to say that if you see books that you think you'd like to read on this list but don't feel like buying all of them, please check your local library to see if they carry any of the titles. If they don't, feel free to ask your librarian if they have a purchase request program where you can ask for titles to be purchased and added to the collection. Let's all work to diversify our local libraries' collections!

4 comments:

Jenn said...

I haven't gotten around to posting a review yet, but Skim, one of their four standouts, was also on the OLA Best Bets for teens list this year, and I think was really really good. A graphic novel taking place at a girl's private school, but with issues of sexuality and sexual orientation questioning in both male and female teens. And the art is lovely too.

kidletsmum said...

Brilliant! I'll check it out. Thanks M!

M said...

Thanks for letting me know that Skim is good. Sounds right up my alley. Off to search the catalogue.

ru said...

or look at the bookshelf behind you. it was one of beguiling peter's recommendations.