2012 Rainbow Books list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/24/2012

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John Amundsen
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DALLAS – The 2012 Rainbow Books list, 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), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 20-23 in Dallas.

The bibliography features recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers, from birth through age 18 noted for their significant and authentic GLBTQ content. This year’s list includes 32 titles published between July 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011.

The Rainbow Books list is intended to aid librarians and readers in selecting high-quality books released over the past 18 months and may be used as a collection development or reader’s advisory tool, or a recommended reading list for interested librarians and patrons. 

To view the 2012 bibliography, please visit http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/

The 2012 Rainbow Books list committee includes Lynn Evarts, Chair, Michael Cart, Chair-Elect, Adela Peskorz, Francesca Burgess, Jane Cothron, Christie Gilbrich and Nanci Milone-Hill.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender information and access needs of individuals at large. GLBTRT is committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) is a unit within the American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy. SRRT’s main Web site is hosted at http://libr.org/SRRT.