2016 Rainbow Book list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/03/2016


John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
(312) 280-2140
BOSTON  – The 2016 Rainbow Book list, a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 8- Jan. 12 in Boston.
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 40 titles chosen by the committee, as well as three books selected by the Stonewall Book Awards Committee as Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Award and Honor books, published between July 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015.
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 2016 bibliography, please visit http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/1207.
The 2016 Rainbow Books list committee includes Thaddeus Andracki, Chair; Heather Acerro, Jess Alexander, Abbie Anderson, Ruth Compton, Mary Gen Davies, M’lissa Fleming, Shelley Mastalerz, Lucas McKeever and Edward “Sully” Sullivan.  The committee also received support from administrative assistant, Naomi Gonzalez.
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.