GLBT Book Month


June is GLBT Book Month

June is GLBT Book Month™

Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. 
 
Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in GLBT literature. 
 
GLBT Book Month™ is an initiative of the American Library Association, and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table

Celebrate GLBT Book Month™ in your Community

Celebrate GLBT Book Month this June with a new bookmark and poster, now available from ALA Graphics! Featuring vibrant art from This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten, this new poster and bookmark commemorates June as GLBT Book Month. This Day in June is the winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a Top Ten Rainbow List Title. It invites readers to a pride celebration with text in rhyming couplets, energetic images, and a reading guide for parents and caregivers on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.

Purchase Posters and Bookmarks from ALA Graphics:

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Customizable Publicity Materials and Templates

Get the word out in your community about GLBT Book Month and your library's celebrations! ALA and GLBTRT have developed these free, customizable publicity templates that are ready for your library to adapt and submit to your local media. 

GLBT Book Awards and Bibliographies from ALA

The American Library Association supports GLBT literature through the Stonewall Book Awards, as well as two bibliographies including Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books. These awards and lists serve to recognize the very best in contemporary literature and serve as invaluable tools for building quality GLBT collections.

Holding a GLBT book discussion?

If you want to hold a book discussion this June on GLBT books, no need to worry. Authors, publishers, school districts, reading organizations, and even the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have put time and effort into creating reading guides specifically for book discussions. Below is a compilation of guides for Middle Grade, YA, and Adult books which can be used on their own or as jumping off points.

GLBT Programming at ALA Conference 

GLBT Book Month will culminate with the many events and programs at ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando focusing on GLBT issues and services. 

General Inquiries

For general information, please contact:

Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433, ext. 4294

Media

The ALA Public Awareness Office has developed the GLBT Book Month press kit with information and resources for media. 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Macey Morales
Deputy Director
ALA Public Awareness Office
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-4393