Rainbow Book List - GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens
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12th Nov 12

The 2013 Rainbow Project Committee is proud to present our 2013 Nominations list!  Please remember that not all nominations make make the final list, which will be announced during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, this year held in Seattle, Washington January 25-29.  All books on the nomination list will be discussed during the group meetings, and all of our meetings are open, so please stop by and listen in on the debates!

Adams, S.J. Sparks: the epic, completely true blue, (almost) holy quest of Debbie. Flux. 2011. 256 pages. $9.95. ISBN: 978-0-7387-2676-2. Gr. 9-12.

Anderson, Jessica Lee. Calli. Milkweed Editions, 2011 (released Sept. 13, 2011). 184 p $16.95 ISBN 9781571317025 Ages 14-up/Gr. 8-10.

Berman, Steve (editor).  Boys of Summer.  Bold Strokes Books, Inc., 2012. 251 pgs.  ISBN-13:  978-1-60282-663-2.

Bigelow, Lisa Jenn. Starting from here. Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012. 282p. $16.99 ISBN 9780761462330 Ages 14 up.

Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Dial, June 2012. 368p. ISBN: 9780679644194.

Buckell, Tobias S. & Joe Monti, Eds. DIVERSE ENERGIES. Tu Books/an imprint of Lee & Low Books. October 2012. 368 pages. $17.95 ISBN: 9781600608872. Grades 9-12.

Calin, Marissa.  Between You & Me.  2012 (August).  Bloomsbury USA.  256 pp.  $16.99.  ISBN:  9781599907581.  YA (12 & up).

Cameron, Sam.  The Secret of Othello.  Bold Strokes Books, Inc., 2012. 225 pgs.  ISBN-13:  978-1-60282-742-4.

Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue. Dial Books, 2012. 563 p. $19.99 ISBN 9780803734739 Ages 14-up.

Cordova, Jeanne. When we were outlaws: a memoir of love and revolution. Spinsters Ink, 2011 (Nov. 29, 2011). 436p. $14.95 ISBN 9781935226512 Ages 16-up.

Coyote, Ivan E. One in every crowd: stories. Vancouver, B.C. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012 (release date, Sept. 11, 2012). 238p. ISBN 9781551524597 $15.95 Ages 14-up.

Cronn-Mills, Kristin. Beautiful music for ugly children. Flux, 2012 (release date, October 2012). 263p. 9780738732510 $9.99 Ages 14-up.

Danforth, Emily M. THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. HarperCollins. 2012. 470 pp. $17.99. ISBN: 9780062020567. Gr. 9-12

Davis, Tanitia S.  Happy Families.  Random House Children’s, 2012 (May).  240 pp.  ISBN:  9780375869662.  $16.99  YA (12 & Up).

DeJay. Strangers. Regal Crest, 2012. 247 p. $ 18.95 ISBN 9781619290235 Ages 16-up.

Franklin, Emily & Brendan Halpin. Tessa Masterson will go to prom. Walker & Company, 2012. 256 p. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2345-1. Gr. 9-12.

Gant, Gene.  The Thunder in His Head.  Harmony Ink Press, 2012. 188 pgs.  ISBN:  978-1-61372-572-6.

Gennari, Jennifer. MY MIXED-UP BERRY BLUE SUMMER. Houghton Mifflin. 2012. $15.99. ISBN: 978-0-547-57739-5. Gr. 4-6

George, Madeleine. The difference between you and me. (Viking, March 15, 2012). 272 p. $16.99 ISBN 9780670011285. “Ages 12 up.”

Gonzalez, Rigoberto. MARIPOSA GOWN. Tincture (Lethe Press). 2012. 218 pages. ISBN: 978-1-59021-351-3

Graves, Michael.  Dirty One: Stories.  Chelsea Station Editions, 2012. 149 pgs.  ISBN: 978-0-9832851-0-6.

Griffin, Molly Beth. Silhouette of a Sparrow. Milkweed Editions, release date September 2012. 191p. ISBN 9781571317018. Ages 14-up.

Guran, Paula, ed. BRAVE NEW LOVE: 15 DYSTOPIAN TALES OF DESIRE. Running Press Book Publishers. 2012. 392 pages. $9.95. ISBN: 9780762442201. Gr. 9-12.

Hand, Elizabeth. Radiant Days. Includes select bibliography. Viking, 2012. 287p. $17.99. ISBN 978670011353. Ages 15-up.

Harris, Michael. Homo. Lorimer, 2012. 143 p. $9.95 ISBN 9781459401914 Ages 13-up.

Heinberg, Allan. Penciller, Jim Cheung. Avengers: the children’s crusade. Marvel, 2012. Unpaged. $29.99 ISBN 9780785135494 Ages 14-up.

Hoole, Elissa Janine. Kiss the morning star. Marshall Cavendish, 2012 (now Amazon Children’s). 229 p. $17.99 ISBN 9780761462699 Ages 16-up.

Hopkins, Ellen.  Tilt.  2012.  Margaret K. McElderry Books.  604 pp.  ISBN:  9781416983309.  $16.99.  YA (14 & up).

Howe, James. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Otter and odder: a love story. Candlewick Press, 2012. Unpaged. $14.00 ISBN 9780763641740 Ages 4-7.

Johnson, Angela. A certain October. Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012. 158 p. $16.99 ISBN 9780689865053 Ages 14-up.

King, A.S.  Ask the Passengers.  Little, Brown, 2012.  304p. Gr. 9-12

Knowles, Jo. See You at Harry’s. Candlewick Press. 2012. 310 p. ISBN: 978-0-7636-5407-8

Kokie, E. M. Personal effects. Candlewick Press, 2012. 341 p. $16.99 ISBN 9780763655273 Ages 15-up.

Lavoie, Jennifer.  Andy Squared.  Bold Strokes Books, Inc., 2012.  201 pgs.  ISBN -13-: 978-1-60282-743-1.

Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. Little, Brown and Company, release date September 2012. 385p. $17.99. ARC ISBN 9780316218221. Hardcover ISBN 978316197960. “Ages 15 and up.”

Lowrey, Sassafras.  Roving Pack.  PoMo Freakshow Press, October 2012. 358 pgs.  ISBN: 978-0-9857009=0-4.

Magoon, Kekla. 37 things I love (in no particular order). Henry Holt, 2012. 218p. $16.99 ISBN 9780805094657 Ages 14 up.

Miller, Madeline. THE SONG OF ACHILLES. Ecco. 2012. 378pp. $25.99. Gr. 9-12

Moon, Sarah, editor. THE LETTER Q: QUEER WRITERS’ NOTES TO THEIR YOUNGER SELVES. Scholastic. 2012 (May). 288 pages. $17.99. ISBN: 9780545399326. YA (12 & up).

Moskowitz, Hannah.  Gone, Gone, Gone.  Simon Pulse, 2012.  251p. Gr. 9-12

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell. Rainbow family collections: selecting and using children’s books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer content.  “Children’s and Young Adult Literature Reference, Catherine Barr, series editor.” Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, 2012. 260p. $50.00 ISBN 9781598849608 Ages: Adult/Reference.

Neff, Beth. Getting somewhere. Viking, 2012. 411 p. ISBN 9780670012558 $17.99 Ages 16-up.

Newman, Leslea. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Candlewick Press, September 2012. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7636-5807-6. ages 14 and up.

Oelschlager, Vanita. Illustrations by Mike Blanc. A tale of two mommies. VanitaBooks, released Sept. 1, 2011. 24 p. $15.95 ISBN 0982636660/9780982636664 Ages 4-6. Nominated from NetGalley digital galley, viewed August 7, 2012.

Parent, Dan. Kevin Keller. Archie Comic Publications, 2012. Pagination varies. $19.99 ISBN 9781879794931 Ages 12-up.

Pepper, Rachel, editor. Transitions of the heart : stories of love, struggle and acceptance by mothers of transgender and gender variant children. Cleis Press, 2012. xv, 203p. $16.95 ISBN 9781573447881 Ages 9-up.

Perkins, Stephanie. Lola and the boy next door. Dutton Books, 2011 (Sept.). 338p. $16.99 ISBN 9780525423287. Ages 15-18.

Peters, Julie Ann.  It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It).  Hatchette Book Group, 2012 (March).  342 pp.  ISBN:  9780316131582.  $17.99  YA (12-18 years).

Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch (editors). OMG Queer. 2012. Bold Strokes Books. 242 pp. ISBN  9781602826823. $9.95.. YA (12+) nominated off of eARC.

Rainfield, Cheryl. Hunted. WestSide Books, 2012 (Oct. 28, 2012 release). [370p.] $16.95 ISBN 9781934813621 Ages 14-up.

Rice-Gonzalez, Charles. Chulito: a novel. Magnus Books, 2011 (released Dec. 13, 2011). 275p. $14.95 ISBN 978-1936833030 Ages 16-up.

Ryan, Tom. Way to Go. Orca Book Publishers, 2012. 214p. $12.95. ISBN 978145980779. Ages 14-up.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Simon & Schuster. 2012. 359 pp. $16.99. ISBN: 9781442408920. Gr. 9-12
Schwartz, Amy. Willie and Uncle Bill. Holiday House, 2012. Unpaged. $16.95 ISBN 9780823422036 Ages 3-7.

Schwartz, John. Oddly normal : one family’s struggle to help their teenage son come to terms with his sexuality. Gotham Books, release date November 2012. 304 p. $26.00 ISBN 9781592407286.
Takako, Shimura. Wandering Son, Volume 2. Fantagraphic Books. 2012. Matt Thorn, translator. 221 pages. $19.99. ISBN: 9781606994566. YA.

Takako, Shimura. Wandering Son, Volume 3. Fantagraphic Books. 2012. Matt Thorn, translator. 219 pages. $19.99. ISBN: 9781606995334. YA.

Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. Scholastic Graphix, 2012. 233p. Includes bibliography. $23.99 ISBN 9780545326988 Ages 9-15.

Thorne, Hayden. The winter garden and other stories. Queerteen, 2012. 183 p. $13.50 ISBN 9781475057270 Ages 15-up.

Trumble, J.H.  Don’t Let Me Go.  Kensington Books, 2012.  337 pgs. ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-6927-0.

Wahls, Zach, with Bruce Littlefield. My two moms : lessons of love, strength, and what makes a family. Gotham Books, May 2012. 235p. $26.00 ISBN 9781592407132. 14-up.

Williams III, J. H. and W. Haden Blackman. Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology. 2012. JH Williams III,, et. al., artists. DC Comics (Warner Brothers Entertainment). ISBN 972-1-4012-3465-2. $22.99 YA (14 +up).

Winterson, Jeanette. Why be happy when you could be normal? Grove Press, to be released March 2012. 240 p. $25.00 ISBN 9780802120106 Ages 14-up.

Wise, Tama.  Street Dreams.  Bold Strokes Books, Inc., 2012.  259 pgs. ISBN 13: 978-1-60282-650-2.

Woodward, Timothy. If I told you so. Kensington Books, 2012. 248p $15.00 ISBN 9780758274885 Ages 15-up.



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Rainbow Books 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. Rainbow Books is a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).
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