Friday, January 27, 2017

The ALA's 2017 Rainbow List Is Out!

Created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association, the 2017 Rainbow List presents the committee's choices of Best Books published between July 2015 and December 2016 with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.

Great for readers. Great for librarians and bookstore owners. Great for parents and all caring adults, it's a wonderful resource (and awesome for all to be able to say these books are recommended by the ALA!)

There are five picture books, five middle grade novels, one middle grade nonfiction, thirty-two YA fiction, five YA nonfiction, and five graphic novels on the list. They've also chosen their top ten titles, which it's interesting to note are different from The Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award winners. A good reminder that selecting "best" books is a very subjective enterprise.

The 2017 Rainbow List top ten books are (in no particular order)

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton
The Root by Na'amen Gobert TilahunI’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail
And I Darken by Kiersten White
How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireWe Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The 2017 Rainbow List presents 53 books altogether - and it's one heck of a reading list! 


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