The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award is now given annually to "English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience."
The 2011 winner, announced this week, is:
"Almost Perfect," written by Brian Katcher,
Four honor books were selected:
"will grayson, will grayson," written by John Green and David Levithan (which was also an honor book for the Odyssey Award for being one of the best audiobooks produced for children and/or young adults!)
"Love Drugged," written by James Klise
"Freaks and Revelations," written by Davida Willis Hurwin
"The Boy in the Dress," written by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
It's pretty exciting that really great books with GLBTQ content and characters are now included in the American Library Association's announcements of the top books for children and young adults published last year!
So, if you've been wondering WHICH books to read first out of the hundreds listed on this website, these five would be a great place to start!
Enjoy, and Namaste,