The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association recently announced the 2013 Rainbow List. The Rainbow 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.”
For additional GLBTQ recommendations and reviews:
- Rainbow Lists from past years
- The GLBT Round Table newsletter
- Lambda Literary
- I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the hell do I read?
Don’t think there’s a need for GLBTQ titles in your community? In her article, GLBTQ Collections Are for Every Library Serving Teens!1, Elizabeth Rauch explains:
“Teens, reluctant to ask for information, make it easy for some librarians to believe that there is no demand or need for these materials, but research shows otherwise. Five to six percent of U.S. teenagers, or about two and a half million teens, identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Additionally, Martin and Murdock estimate about eighty percent of teens know someone who is GLBTQ (Martin and Murdock 2007, xi). Given these figures, it is more than likely that teens from all communities might have an interest in GLBTQ materials.”
For sample booktalks and resources for working with GLBTQ teens, check out Opening the Gate: Booktalks for LGBTQ-Themed Young Adult Titles2 by Alexander F. Parks.
Do you have any recommendations for GLBTQ titles, or favorite sites for learning about new books with GLBTQ content? Share them in the comments!
1 Rauch, E. W. (2011). GLBTQ Collections Are for Every Library Serving Teens!. Teacher Librarian, 39(1), 13-16.
2 Parks, A. F. (2012). Opening the Gate. Young Adult Library Services, 10(4), 22-27.