Rainbow Book List

Currently Reading – July edition

Posted by: Gregory on: July 24, 2018

Hello! We’re experiencing a heatwave of 100-degree days here in Boise; perfect weather for staying inside and reading! My name is Gregory and I’m excited to be a member of the Rainbow List committee this year. I’m a junior high Teacher Librarian, so I’m enjoying having extra reading time in the summer months. Here are some of the books I’ve been reading lately:

Caterpillars Can’t Swim by Liane Shaw (YA novel)
Ryan swims for his high school team, despite being wheelchair-bound due to Cerebral Palsy which mostly affects his lower legs. Early one morning, while out at a favorite spot in the park, Ryan sees a girl dancing by the river’s edge. She plunges into the water and seems to be drowning. Ryan throws himself off the bridge and rescues the dancer… who turns out to be Jack, a boy from Ryan’s school, wearing his mother’s skirt. The two boys reluctantly become acquaintances, then friends. Jack is finally able to talk about what it’s like being gay in a small, conservative Southern town.

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
Archie and Tristan, two real-life friends, have a conversation about pronouns in graphic novel format. The simple black and white illustrations are clear and fun, and the explanations are direct and easy to understand. This is a great resource for anyone struggling with they/them pronouns or wanting to help others learn.

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima (picture book)
Harriet loves costumes, and she’s having a costume birthday party soon. She dons her penguin costume to go shopping with her parents — one black, one white, both male — and while her dads are busy at the deli counter, Harriet finds herself on an adventure with a pack of penguins, an orca, and some pigeons from the park!

Social Intercourse by Greg Howard (YA novel)
Beck is flamboyant, out and proud, and desperate to lose his gay virginity. Jax is a good-looking, popular jock with two moms and a hot girlfriend. The two high schoolers narrate their stories in alternating chapters and bold, honest (if occasionally un-PC) detail. Funny, dramatic, shocking, sexy… this book is a big, gay rollercoaster, without a doubt!

Be sure to check back here frequently to see what other committee members are reading, and what books are under consideration for next year’s Rainbow List!

Titles Under Consideration as of July 1

Posted by: gemma on: July 1, 2018

There were a lot of titles added to the under consideration list this month!

Beating Bullying at Home and in Your Community by Clara MacCarald

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner

A Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

Gay-Straight Alliances by Kristina Lyn Heitkamp

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

I Hate Everyone but You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Kim Reaper, Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Smith

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Nothing Happened by Molly Booth

Neither by Airlie Anderson

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

Release by Patrick Ness

Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman

Ship It by Britta Lundin

The True Adventures of Ester the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

Your Rights as an LGBTQ+ Teen by Barbra Penne and Patrick Rehehan

Titles under consideration: June edition

Posted by: peshling on: June 15, 2018

Currently reading – June edition

Posted by: gemma on: June 15, 2018

Happy June everyone!  This is Gemma Doyle, member of the 2019 Rainbow Booklist Committee and New England resident who is extremely happy that summer has finally arrived.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I started reading this book without knowing anything about the plot, and I really liked the writing and I loved Jane’s character and the tiny bits of the world we were seeing… and then realized what the book was about.  The problem: I am not a fan of zombies.  At all.  I love paranormal, but somehow zombies have always been a bridge too far for me (which is a shame, because zombies were really big for a while, and I’m sure there are a ton of great books I would love except for the… you know.)  Here’s the thing about <i>Dread Nation</i>, though: while the “shamblers” are front and center as the main villains in the plot, the book really isn’t about them.  It’s about Jane and her frenemy Katherine and a large cast of interesting characters of color, and how they interact with each other and deal with the shambler menace that’s always there, threatening. The human villains (and there are a lot!) take precedence, and that makes the story rich and powerful.  This is the first book in a series, and I cannot wait to read the next one.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack (Illustrated by Stevie Lewis) This is a picture book about a Prince and Knight working together to defeat a dragon (spoiler: they don’t kill the dragon) and (also spoiler) falling in love at the same time.  The story and the art are super cute and this is the kind of children’s book that appeals to parents, too – especially when they have to read it 14 or 15 times in a row.  (Always a thing…sigh.)

Enjoy the rest of June!

Titles Under Consideration as of May 1st 2018

Posted by: BWoodruff on: May 14, 2018

​Hello again, Rainbow Readers!

The following titles are under consideration for the 2019 Rainbow Book List as of May 1st, 2018.

​​Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
​​Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
​​In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
​​I Love My Purse by Belle Demont
​​Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
​​BINGO Love written by Tee Franklin, illustrated by Jenn St-Onge and Joy San
​​Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
​​The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
​​The Backstagers, Volume 2 :The Show Must Go On written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh
​​Spinning by Tillie Walden

The committee’s TBR list is still growing– so far we have a list of over 200 potentially eligible titles! (How’s that for representation, amirite?) Keep sending us your suggestions at http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/suggestions .

Happy Reading!

Becky Woodruff

Currently Reading – April Edition!

Posted by: BWoodruff on: April 19, 2018

Greetings, Rainbow Readers! Becky here– Rainbow Booklist Committee member and Teen Services Librarian in Delaware, Ohio repping the B contingent of LGBTQIA+.

Pretty sure I’m supposed to highlight a book I’m currently reading, but I’ve been inhaling some goodies lately and just have to sprinkle in a few.

The Prince and the Dressmaker  by Jen Wang (a graphic novel I’ve been making gimme hands at since mid-2016) is the ADORABLE story of… well, a prince and his dressmaker. The art is just lovely, and the characters are cute as buttons, every single one.

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner is everything my nerdy little heart desired– it’s got cosplay, D&D, feminism, comics, and some Shakespearean level gender bending shenanigans (resulting in a 2/3 queer love triangle-y shape).

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag made me want to catch up on Strong Female Protagonist — loooove Molly’s artwork, and loved this quick, fantastical read about busting up some gender roles!

I’ve had to put down Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty a few times, not because it’s bad (on the contrary, it’s excellent so far), but because her intense, vivid descriptions of the lush gardens of La Pradera pull me so far into the world of the novel I can feel the suffocating atmosphere of the characters’ microcosm. Definitely a slow, savory sort of novel– and again, really excellent.

Between bouts of Wild Beauty, I’m inhaling Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. It’s the story of a genderfluid pickpocket, Sal, who decides to audition for a position on the Queen’s Left Hand– essentially Her Majesty’s royal assassins. What Sal doesn’t know is they’re getting themself into a Hunger Games situation of sorts in which auditioners are expected to kill off their competition, prove themselves through a series of tests, and, y’know, not die in the process. The body count is pretty high already, and my Kindle says I’m only 39% through. I hesitate to call this a “fun” read exactly? (I mean, there’s been a LOT of death, blood, and stabbing going on…) BUT it’s definitely sucked me in and I am for sure enjoying the ride! Looking forward to sneaking in a few chapters during my lunch break today.

Happy Reading!
Becky Woodruff

 

Please welcome your 2019 Rainbow Book List Committee!

Posted by: peshling on: April 13, 2018

Alana Phelan (Chair)

Gemma Doyle

Zoe Fisher

Ms. Elizabeth Lippoldt

Jessica Pryde (Alternate)

Ms. Lynne Rhys

Talya Sokoll

Gregory S. Taylor

Kevin Washburn

Becky Woodruff

This year, we have a full roster of committee members and we’ve added something new: an alternate. When extenuating circumstances lead to a even number of committee members, the alternate creates the uneven number that makes voting a smoother process.

We have also added a second monthly post. In addition to what books we are considering, which will be posted around the first of the month, there will also be a post around the middle of each month by rotating members that will discuss a selection. These posts will be a reflection of the specific committee member and not the group as a whole.

Think something isn’t our on radar? You can always let us know by using the “Suggestions” link in the above navigation bar.

2018 Rainbow List

Posted by: Naomi Gonzales on: February 11, 2018

The Rainbow Book List Committee is proud to announce the 2018 Rainbow Book List. The List is a curated bibliography highlighting books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18. This List is intended to aid youth and those working with youth in selecting high-quality books published between July 2016 and December 2017.

As a committee, we evaluated over 260 books and selected 48 from 18 different publishers. Starred titles indicate the Rainbow Book List’s Top Ten choices, which are books that the committee considers to be of exceptional merit.

The committee members noted an increase in a range of gender and sexual identities across the queer spectrum, with a number of books challenging assumptions around asexuality, bisexuality, and gender fluidity. We did notice a decline in quality novels with explicitly trans characters, however. A number of novels included stronger representation of intersectional identities, particularly the intersections of race, class, and disability.

Now, without further ado, we present to you the 2018 Rainbow Book List!

 

Rainbow List Top Ten

 

Board Books

Biggs, Brian. Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian. 2017. 22p. Abrams Appleseed, $7.95 (9781419723223). Pre+. A town librarian helps a patron find a book.

* Blackstone, Stella, and Sunny Scribens. Baby’s First Words. Illus. by Christiane Engel. 2017. 30p. Barefoot Books, $14.99 (9781782853213). Ages 1-2. Two dads and their baby spend a busy day together learning new words.

 

Picture Books

Jackson, Avery. It’s Okay to Sparkle. Illus. by Jessica Udischas. 2017. Debi Jackson, $17.95 (9780692831021). K-Grade 3. In this colorful self-published autobiography seven-year-old Avery Jackson recounts the story of her life as a transgender child.

Loney, Andrea J. Bunnybear. Illus. by Carmen Saldaña. 2017. 32p. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (9780807509388). Pre-Grade 2. Bunnybear is a bear who feels like a bunny but doesn’t seem to fit in with either the bunnies or the bears. When he meets Grizzlybun, the two help each other find their place in the world.

O’Leary, Sara. A Family is a Family is a Family. Illus. by Qin Leng. 2016. 32p. Groundwood, $17.95 (9781554987948). K-Grade 2. When a class discusses their families, one child fears that her family is too different. But in the end, she realizes that her family fits right in.

 

Middle Grade Fiction

Bell, Eric. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward. 2017. 272p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062567024). Grades 5-7. In this darkly funny novel about bullying and troubling family dynamics, Alan is blackmailed by his brother while coming to terms with his sexual identity.

* Bunker, Lisa. Felix Yz. 2017. 288p. Viking, $16.99 (9780425288504). Grades 5-8. Felix is fused with a fourth dimensional alien and is counting down the days until a potentially fatal experimental surgery to separate them, all the while dealing with his crush on his classmate Hector.

* Dee, Barbara. Star-Crossed. 2017. 288p. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481478489). Grades 4-8. In her middle school’s production of Romeo & Juliet, Mattie chooses to play Paris because her crush, Gemma, is cast as Juliet.

 

Young Adult Nonfiction

Klein, Rebecca T. Transgender Rights and Protections (Transgender Life). 2017. 64p. Rosen, $34.45 (9781499464603). Grades 7+. This short book provides succinct information on the transgender rights movement and on legal developments in the areas of employment, health care, education, bathrooms, and more.

* Mardell, Ashley. The ABC’s of LGBT+. 2016. 190p. Mango Media, $16.95 (9781633534094). Grades 7+. Mardell’s self-published reference book is an introductory text that looks at incredibly complex issues from both theoretical and anecdotal perspectives.

Mooney, Carla. Caitlyn Jenner (Transgender Pioneers). 2017. 112p. Rosen, $37.10 (9781508171584). Grades 7+. A short biography of Caitlyn Jenner that chronicles her transformation from gold medal athlete to controversial public figure.

* Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus. 2017. 320p. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $17.99 (9780374303235). Grades 7-12. Sasha is an agender white teen living in a middle-class suburban neighborhood of Oakland, California, Richard is a black teen living in a crime-plagued part of the city. One afternoon, their paths cross on the 57 bus, with disastrous results. Based on a true story, the book is written in a documentary style.

 

Young Adult Fiction

Albertalli, Becky. The Upside of Unrequited. 2017. 352p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348708). Grades 9-12. With same-sex marriage now legalized in the U.S., twins Cassie and Molly’s moms are tying the knot. But, as Cassie and Molly each enter into new romantic relationships, the sisters begin to grow apart.

Benway, Robin. Far from the Tree. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062330682). Grades 8-11. Three siblings, two adopted and one in the foster system, form tenuous bond while trying to cope with life’s many obstacles.

Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion. 2017. 336p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316349000). Grades 9-12. Suzette and her stepbrother navigate their tenuous relationship while also dealing with the fact that they have feelings for the same girl. To make things more complicated, her stepbrother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 1: Dreadnought. 2017. 276p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682300688). Grades 7+. Danny Tozer is a closeted trans girl until she gets the powers of Dreadnought, a legacy superhero. With the powers comes a transformation that can’t hide who she really is, much to the dismay of her family.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 2: Sovereign. 2017. 314p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682308240). Grades 7+. In Danny’s second adventure, she comes head to head with a white supremacist and a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF).

Dietrich, Cale. The Love Interest. 2017. 384p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250107138). Grades 9-12. In an alternate universe where perfect mates are cultivated for their partners, two potential love interests, Dylan and Caden, end up interested in each other.

Dooley, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. 2017. 256p. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399165047). Grades 4-7. Two sisters, separated after the death of one of their mothers, end up together on a road trip to spread her ashes.

Fine, Sarah. The Cursed Queen. 2017. 432p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781481441933). Grades 8-12. Ansa has fought for her place in her tribe, and now she must fight against her own body as magic threatens to take her over.

Floreen, Tim. Tattoo Atlas. 2016. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481432801). Grades 9-12. In this sci-fi thriller, Rem’s scientist mother attempts to cure a sociopathic classmate responsible for the murder of Rem’s best friend. But can evil be cured?

Friend, Natasha. The Other F-Word. 2017. 336p. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $17.99 (9780374302344). Grades 9-12. Hollis and Milo have two things in common: they were both conceived with sperm from the same donor, and they both have two moms. Together they begin a journey that leads them to other half-siblings and walks them through grief, friendship, and the meaning of family.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. At the Edge of the Universe. 2017. 496p. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481449663). Grades 9-12. Ozzie thinks the universe is slowly shrinking after his boyfriend, Tommy, disappears. Together with his self-destructive classmate Calvin, they investigate the disappearance. Is the universe really shrinking? Or has Ozzie lost his mind?

Konigsberg, Bill. Honestly Ben. 2017. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545858267). Grades 9-12. School is tough, and star athlete Ben can’t quite figure out what’s going on with his sexuality. Is he gay, bi, or “straight with a twist”?

* LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. 2017. 240p. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892). Grades 9-12. After the sudden loss of her grandfather, Marin moves to college, isolating herself from her past.  When her best friend Mabel comes to visit during winter break, she is forced to come face-to-face with her grief.

Lauren, Christina. Autoboyography. 2017. 416p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481481687). Grades 9-12. Senior Tanner Scott enrolls in Provo High’s infamous Seminar, which tasks students with writing a book in a semester’s time. Little does Tanner know that this class will introduce him to Sebastian Brother, a practicing Mormon whose smile ruins him at first sight.

Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. 2017. 528p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99. (9780062382801). Grades 9-12. Henry Montague sets off on his European grand tour with best friend and crush, Percy. The young men embark on a whirlwind journey filled with crime, angst, adventure, and learned secrets.

Mac, Carrie. 10 Things I Can See from Here. 2017. 320p. Knopf, $17.99 (9780399556258). Grades 9-12. Maeve is really anxious… all the time! She obsessively imagines the most drastic of scenarios. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, her mother has to go away for six months, leaving Maeve to go reluctantly live with her alcoholic dad.

McGuire, Seanan. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. 2017. 192p. Tor, $17.99 (9780765392039). Grades 7-12. This prequel to Every Heart a Doorway follows Jack and Jill into their magical world and chronicles the resulting experiences as one sister is apprenticed to a mad scientist, and the other lives a life of quiet, tragic beauty.

Miller, Sam J. The Art of Starving. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062456717). Grades 9-12. Matt has an eating disorder. He is also dealing with bullying and developing a crush on classmate Tariq. To make things even more bizarre, he is pretty sure that eating less is giving him supernatural powers.

* Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue. 2017. 400p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357). Grades 9-12. Blue-haired teenager Ramona works odd jobs to help support her family in a town that hasn’t quite recovered after Hurricane Katrina. Although she identifies as a lesbian, Ramona is thrown for a loop as she realizes her feelings for Freddie, her male best friend.

Ormsbee, Kathryn. Tash Hearts Tolstoy. 2017. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $18.99 (9781481489331). Grades 9-12. When Tash’s webcast based on Anna Karenina goes viral, she must balance fame, a frantic filming schedule, sibling rivalry, and deciding whether to come out as a romantic asexual to the boy she likes.

Oseman, Alice. Radio Silence. 2017. 496p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062335715). Grades 8-12. At school, Frances is studious and aiming for Cambridge, but at home, she’s a quirky artist hooked on her favorite podcast, Universe City. When she is invited to collaborate with its quiet creator, she begins to truly discover herself.

Philips, L. Perfect Ten. 2017. 352p. Viking, $17.99 (9780425288115). Grades 8-11. Two years after Sam broke up with his boyfriend, his dating prospects seem grim. When his best friend Meg, a Wiccan, suggests a love spell, Sam is willing to try anything. But he gets more than he bargained for.

Podos, Rebecca. Like Water. 2017. 320p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062373373). Grades 9-12. Vanni’s father has Huntington’s disease, so there’s a chance she will too. In order to be there for her family, she puts off her future to stay in the New Mexico town she’s always wanted to leave. But when Vanni meets Leigh, she realizes there are new things to learn even in their sleepy town.

Roehrig, Caleb. Last Seen Leaving. 2016. 336p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250085634). Grades 9-12. Flynn’s girlfriend, January, has been missing and he is the chief suspect. When January’s bloody clothes are found, indicating the possibility of her murder, forensic tests show that she was pregnant. What everyone doesn’t know is that Flynn never consummated his relationship with January because he has been hiding a secret: his sexuality.

Self, Jeffrey. A Very, Very Bad Thing. 2017. 240p. Scholastic/Push, $18.99 (9781338118407) Grades 8-12. Marley has to decide whether it’s best to own up to a lie he told or continue to perpetuate it for what might be a greater good.

Silvera, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 2017. 304p. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616956929). Grades 9-12. OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

* Silvera, Adam. They Both Die at the End. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062457790). Grades 9-12. Mateo and Rufus both find out that they are going to die today. Over the course of the day, their stories and lives converge. Starting as a search for a final friendship, the boys develop a relationship far deeper than either of them expected.

* Stevens, Courtney. Dress Codes for Small Towns. 2017. 352p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062398512). Grades 9-12. Billie McCaffrey—artist, preacher’s daughter, and general troublemaker—finds herself in an awkward position when she and her four best friends accidentally burn down a section of their church. The friends, and Billie in particular, find themselves in the spotlight as they work to save the cherished harvest festival and stay out of trouble.

Sugiura, Misa. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. 2017. 400p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062473417). Grades 9-12. Sana moves from an all-white Midwest town to California, where she’s expected to only be friends with other Asian girls. As she navigates this new culture, she finds herself falling for a Latina girl, and comes to suspect that her father is having an affair.

Talley, Robin. As I Descended. 2016. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062409232). Grades 9-12. In this queer revisioning of Macbeth, Maria and Lily are a power couple at their private school. Ghostly accidents start happening after they commune with spirits and madness soon takes over.

Talley, Robin. Our Own Private Universe. 2017. 384p. HarlequinTeen, $18.99 (9780373211982). Grades 9-12. Aki is in Mexico on a mission trip with her father’s church, and her best friend goads her into flirting with a young woman from another church. Aki thinks it’s a fling, but what if it turns out to be more?

Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. 2017. 288p. Swoon Reads, $10.99 (9781250111395). Grades 7+. Dual narrators Charlie (who is bi and famous) and Taylor (who is anxious and on the autism spectrum) travel from Australia to Los Angeles to attend SupaCon.

 

Graphic Novels

O’Neill, Katie. The Tea Dragon Society. 2017. 72p. Oni Press, $17.99 (9781620104415). Grades 3-7. An oversized graphic novel that follows blacksmith-in-training Greta as she joins a group that harvests tea and bonds with dragons.

* Tynion IV, James, and Rian Sygh. The Backstagers Vol. 1. 2017. 112p. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781608869930). Grades 7-12. When Jory transfers to an all-boys private school and joins the Drama club in an attempt to make new friends, he discovers the mysterious world of the backstage.

Young, Keezy. Taproot. 2017. 128p. Lion Forge/Roar, $10.99 (9781941302460). Grades 9-12. Love story meets ghost story in this graphic novel about Blue, a ghost, and Hamal, one of the few humans who can see him.

 

* = Top Ten

The 2018 Rainbow Book List committee includes Co-Chair Robert Bittner, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Co-Chair Alana Phelan, Oaklyn, N.J.; Alec B. Chunn, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, Ore.; Kristie L. Escobar, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla; Kelly Jones, Orange County Public Library & University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Burlington, N.C.; Catherine Pontoriero, Ocean County College Library, Toms River, N.J.; Lynne Rhys, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe, N.M.; Jeffrey Sowder, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, Ga.

Rainbow List Update – Nominees

Posted by: Naomi Gonzales on: November 1, 2017

Hello good people of the internet! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a suggestion this year. We have read a good number of books over the last ten months, and we now have our list of nominees for the 2018 Rainbow Book List. We will be posting the final list after the Youth Media Awards announcements in February of next year. Until then, Happy Reading!

Albertalli, Becky. The Upside of Unrequited. 2017. 352p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348708). Grades 9-12.

Andreyko, Marc (Organizer). Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting. 2017. 144p. IDW Publishing, $9.99 (9781631409394). Grades 8-12.

Bell, Eric. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward. 2017. 272p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062567024). Grades 5-7.

Biggs, Brian. Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian. 2017. 22p. Abrams Appleseed, $7.95 (9781419723223). Pre+.

Blackstone, Stella, and Sunny Scribens. Baby’s First Words. Illus. by Christiane Engel. 2017. 30p. Barefoot Books, $14.99 (9781782853213). Ages 1-2.

Brenway, Robin. Far from the Tree. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062330682). Grades 8-11.

Bunker, Lisa. Felix Yz. 2017. 288p. Viking, $16.99 (9780425288504). Grads 5-8.

Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion. 2017. 336p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316349000). Grades 9-12.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 1: Dreadnought. 2017. 276p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682300688). Grades 7+.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 2: Sovereign. 2017. 314p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682308240). Grades 7+.

Dee, Barbara. Star-Crossed. 2017. 288p. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481478489). Grades 4-8.

Dietrich, Cale. The Lover Interest. 2017. 384p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250107138). Grades 9-12.

Donoghue, Emma. The Lotterys Plus One. Illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono. 2017. 320p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545925815). Grades 4-7.

Dooley, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. 2017. 256p. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399165047). Grades 4-7.

Fine, Sarah. The Cursed Queen. 2017. 432p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781481441933). Grades 8-12.

Floreen, Tim. Tattoo Atlas. 2016. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481432801). Grades 9-12.

Foody, Amanda. Daughter of the Burning City. 2017. 384p. HarlequinTeen, $19.99 (9780373212439). Grades 8-11.

Friend, Natasha. The Other F-Word. 2017. 336p. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374302344). Grades 9-12.

Gough, Erin. Get It Together, Delilah! 2017. 336p. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452151878). Grades 9-12.

Hall, Sandy. Been Here All Along. 2016. 240p. Swoon Reads, $9.99 (9781250100658). Grades 9+.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. At the Edge of the Universe. 2017. 496p. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481449663). Grades 9-12.

Jackson, Avery. It’s Okay to Sparkle. Illus. by Jessica Udischas. 2017. Debi Jackson, $17.95 (9780692831021). K-Grade 3.

Jenkins, Paul, Mike Marts, Leila Liz. Alters, Vol. 1: The Story of Chalice. 2017. 128p. Aftershock Comics, $14.99 (9781935002871). Grades. 8-12.

Klein, Rebecca T. Transgender Rights and Protections (Transgender Life). 2017. 64p. Rosen, $34.45 (9781499464603). Grades 7+.

Konigsberg, Bill. Honestly Ben. 2017. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545858267). Grades 9-12.

LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. 2017. 240p. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892). Grades 9-12.

Lauren, Christina. Autoboyography. 2017. 416p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481481687). Grades 9-12.

Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. 2017. 528p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99. (9780062382825). Grades 9-12.

Loney, Andrea J. Bunnybear. Illus. by Carmen Saldaña. 2017. 32p. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (9780807509388). Pre-Grade 2.

Mac, Carrie. 10 Things I Can See from Here. 2017. 320p. Knopf, $17.99 (9780399556258). Grades 9-12. 

Mardell, Ashley. The ABC’s of LGBT+. 2016. 190p. Mango Media, $16.95 (9781633534094). Grades 7+.

McQuire, Seanan. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. 2017. 192p. Tor, $17.99 (9780765392039). Grades 7-12.

Merrell, Billy. Vanilla. 2017. 320p. Scholastic/Push, $17.99 (9781338100921). Grades 9-12.

Miller, Sam J. The Art of Starving. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062456717). Grades 9-12.

Mooney, Carla. Caitlyn Jenner (Transgender Pioneers). 2017. 112p. Rosen, $37.10 (9781508171584). Grades 7+.

Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue. 2017. 400p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357). Grades 9-12.

O’Leary, Sara. A Family is a Family is a Family. Illus. by Qin Leng. 2016. 32p. Groundwood, $17.95 (9781554987948). K-Grade 2.

O’Neill, Katie. The Tea Dragon Society. 2017. 72p. Oni Press, $17.99 (9781620104415). Grades 3-7.

Ormsbee, Kathryn. Tash Hearts Tolstoy. 2017. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $18.99 (9781481489331). Grades 9-12.

Oseman, Alice. Radio Silence. 2017. 496p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062335715). Grades 8-12.

Pessin-Whedbee, Brook. Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity. Illus. Naomi Bardoff. 2016. 40p. Jessica Kingsley, $18.95 (9781785927287). Pre-Grade 3.

Philips, L. Perfect Ten. 2017. 352p. Viking, $17.99 (9780425288115). Grades 8-11.

Podos, Rebecca. Like Water. 2017. 320p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062373373). Grades 9-12.

Riordan, Rick. The Trials of Apollo, Book 2: The Dark Prophecy. 2017. 320p. Disney, $19.99 (9781368009553). Grades 5-8.

Rodger, Ellen. Jazz Jennings: Voice for LGBTQ Youth. 2017. 32p. Crabtree, $27.60 (9780778734192). Grades 3-7.

Roehrig, Caleb. Last Seen Leaving. 2016. 336p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250085634). Grades 9-12.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. 2017. 464p. Clarion, $17.99 (9780544586505). Grades 9-11.

Self, Jeffrey. A Very, Very Bad Thing. 2017. 240p. Scholastic/Push, $18.99 (9781338118407) Grades 8-12.

Silvera, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 2017. 304p. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616956929). Grades 9-12.

Silvera, Adam. They Both Die at the End. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062457790). Grades 9-12.

Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus. 2017. 320p. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374303235). Grades 7-12.

Snyder, Laura. Charlie & Mouse. Illus. by Emily Hughes. 2017. 48p. Chronicle, $14.99 (9781452131535). Ages 4-8.

Stevens, Courtney. Dress Codes for Small Towns. 2017. 352p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062398512). Grades 9-12.

Sugiura, Misa. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. 2017. 400p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062473417). Grades 9-12.

Talley, Robin. As I Descended. 2016. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062409232). Grades 9-12.

Talley, Robin. Our Own Private Universe. 2017. 384p. HarlequinTeen, $18.99 (9780373211982). Grades 9-12.

Tynion IV, James, and Rian Sygh. The Backstagers. 2017. 112p. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781608869930). Grades 7-12.

Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. 2017. 288p. Swoon Reads, $10.99 (9781250111395). Grades 7+.

Young, Keezy. Taproot. 2017. 128p. Lion Forge/Roar, $10.99 (9781941302460). Grades 9-12.

New Rainbow List Suggestions

Posted by: Naomi Gonzales on: March 2, 2017

Thanks to our Rainbow List followers on this website and Twitter for these 2018 List suggestions  submitted in February, 2017:

Siera Maley.  Colorblind. March 2, 2016. 9781508403043. Age 14-18

Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. Feb. 8, 2016. $11.99. 9780738746913. Age 14 & up

Gough, Erin. Get It Together, Delilah. April 4, 2017.   $16.99 9781452151878.  Age 14 & up

Silvera, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. Jan. 17, 2017. $18.99.  9781616956929. Age 14& up

Lee, CB. Not Your Sidekick. Sept. 8, 2016. 9781945053030. Age 14-18

Coulthurst , Audrey. Of Fire and Stars. Nov. 22, 2016. $17.99 9780062433251. Age14 & up

Roehrig, Caleb. Last Seen Leaving. Oct. 4, 2016. $17.99. 9781250085634. Age 14-18

Smith, Lindsay. A Darkly Beating Heart. Oct. 25, 2016. $17.99 9781626720442. Age 14-18

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