2018 Rainbow Book List highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/13/2018


Briana Jarnagin

Member Services Assistant

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services


DENVER – The 2018 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 and Exhibits held Feb. 9-13 in Denver.

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 49 titles chosen by the committee, published between July 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017.

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 2018 bibliography, please visit: http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/1270

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, New Jersey; Alec B. Chunn, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, Oregon; Kristie L. Escobar, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; Kelly Jones, Orange County Public Library & University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Burlington, North Carolina; Catherine Pontoriero, Ocean County College Library, Toms River, New Jersey; Lynne Rhys, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is the oldest professional association for GLBT people in the United States.  It is committed to serving the information needs of the GLBT professional library community and information and access needs of individuals at large.  It is home to GLBT Book Month (tm), a nationwide celebration every June and the Stonewall Book Award, the oldest award honoring GLBT books.  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.