The Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age. This year's list includes 49 books from 31 publishers, and includes self-published titles, too.
Here are their top ten (in alphabetical order):
*Bigelow, Lisa Jenn. Starting From Here. 2012. 292p. Amazon
Children’s Publishing, $16.99 (9780761462330). Grades 9 & Up.
Colby can’t seem to get any love. Her mom died a few years ago, her
trucker dad is always on the road and her girlfriend just dumped her for
a guy. When she rescues a stray dog who has been hit by a car, Colby
starts to piece her life together with lots of help from her friends.
*Cronn-Mills, Kirstin. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. 2012.
288p. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., $9.99 (9780738732510). Grades 8 &
Music geek Gabe has just come out to his family as transgender but is
still known as Liz at school. He uses his late night community radio
show to try on his male identity and encourage listeners to explore
their own “b side.” Will the show’s growing popularity expose his
*Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012. 480p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062020567). Grades 9 & Up.
When Cam’s conservative aunt discovers her niece is a lesbian, she sends
Cam to God’s Promise, a church camp that promises to “cure” young
people of their homosexuality. Cam’s engaging voice tells her story
with wry humor, intelligence, and a strong sense of place in eastern
*King, A.S. Ask the Passengers. 2012. 304p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316194686). Grades 9 & Up.
There’s only one thing Astrid Jones can do when a growing attraction to
her co-worker Dee becomes too big and too confusing: send her love to
airplane passengers flying overhead while she tries to figure out who
she is down here on the ground.
*Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. 2012. 400p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316197960). Grades 9 & Up.
Something strange has been going on with Reese Holloway since her car
accident and her top secret medical treatment- but will she be allowed
to figure it out, or will others take her apart to figure it out first?
*Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. 2012. 384p. HarperCollins, $25.99 (9780062060617). Grades 9 & Up.
Stirring and memorable, this novel is a reimagined retelling of the Homeric story of the love between Achilles and Patrocles.
*Moon, Sarah, editor. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their
Younger Selves. 2012. 288p. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545399326).
Grades 6 & Up.
Looking back on what they wished they knew when they were younger, 64 of
today’s award winning GLBTQ authors write and illustrate letters to
their former selves in a way to reach out to those who are in the shoes
they once filled.
*Rice-Gonzalez, Charles. Chulito: a Novel. 2011. 275p. Magnus Books, $14.95 (9781936833030). Grades 10 & Up.
After sharing a secret with his best friend, a Latino teen’s ideas about
what it really means to be a man are challenged. Should he play
‘straight’ and keep his standing among his peers in the neighborhood, or
come out and be his true self?
*Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the
Universe. 2012. 368p. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442408920).
Dante and Aristotle are opposites in almost every way but, nevertheless,
the two boys are best friends, almost like two halves making a whole.
Saenz’ lyrical novel examines the bonds of friendship and the
uncertainties and saving graces of love.
*Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012. 240p. Scholastic Graphix, $23.99 (9780545326988). Grades 6 & Up.
Callie is a passionate theater geek who plunges into her middle school’s
production of “Moon Over Mississippi” with enthusiasm for all things
theater: sets, props, lighting – you name it, she’s on it. When twins
Justin and Jesse join the cast, Callie quickly develops a crush on one, and a
friendship with the other, who is gay.
Check out the full list of recommended reads here!
My thanks to the wonderful children's librarian Yapha for the link!