Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The GLBTQ Middle Grade Bookshelf!

Middle School. Junior High. Can you imagine the Gay Pride flag flying proudly over the middle school YOU went to?



6th, 7th, and 8th grade can be tough.

Especially with no books to read about anyone else like you. Anyone who thinks they might be Gay. Or Lesbian. Or Bi. Or doesn't really act like a boy "should." Or a girl "should." Or whose parent, or family member, or friend, is GLBTQ.

But wait!

There ARE some books out there... And here's a list to get you started:

Books About & Where the Kid is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning or Gender Non-Conforming:

House of Hades (part of Rick Riordan's NYTimes Bestselling series)

Better Nate Than Ever

The Boy In The Dress

Letters In The Attic

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park


If You Believe In Mermaids... Don't Tell

From Alice To Zen and Everyone In Between

50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

The Boys and The Bees

The Misfits

Totally Joe

Choir Boy

Blue Boy

Wandering Son, book 1

Wandering Son, book 2

Drama (graphic novel)

Marco Impossible 

So Hard To Say



Books About & Where someone in the Kid's life is GLBTQ

The Popularity Papers (series)

No Big Deal

Box Girl

The Manny Files

Hit The Road, Manny

Holly's Secret

Luv Ya Bunches *

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

The Skull Of Truth

Sonny's House Of Spies

Royally Jacked (a.k.a. Royally Crushed)

The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket

Double Play

(*5th grade characters, one of whom has Two Moms, so it's elementary school, really. And, controversy aside, it's not really ABOUT the Two Moms.)



Did I miss any YOU know of? Help me make this GLBTQ Middle Grade Bookshelf comprehensive!

And hey, now you have over 25 books to check out!

Namaste and Happy Reading,
Lee

**last update: November 2013**

7 comments:

Stacy Dillon said...

Thanks for this list, Lee. We can put it to good use!

Doret said...

Slob by Ellen Potter.

The main character's little sister is a member of Girls Who Are Boys (GWAB) They go by boys names, wear boys clothes with short hair and fight gender conformity

Mama Librarian said...

How about Waiting for Normal? The main character befriends an older gay couple who run a restaurant near her trailer.

Stacy Dillon said...

I just blogged about Ignatow's The Popularity Papers (due out in March). Julia's family is made up of two dads. No big deal, just a fact.

Anne E. Johnson said...

Hi, Lee. I see this Middle-grade thread hasn't been updated in a while. Two more recent ones I can think of that include LGBTQ characters in the kids' life are "Waiting for Normal" by Leslie Connor and "The Name of This Book Is Secret" by Pseudonymus Bosch.

Anonymous said...

'So Hard To Say' by Alex Sanchez is about 8th graders, so fits in with the books for younger readers. 'Double Play' by Sara Cassidy has lesbian parents of middle schoolers. 'Eagle Kite' by Paula Fox has a gay father with AIDs (older book).

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Hi Anonymous Oct 29, 2013 4:05pm,
I'd already posted on "So Hard To Say" but hadn't included it here in this list - great catch! "Eagle Kite" is about a freshman in high school, so I think it's better left in the LGBTQ parent/caretaker category. And I hadn't heard of 'Double Play' - I'll be blogging about it soon. Thanks very much for sharing!
best,
Lee