June is GLBT Book Month™
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:
- GLBT Book Month Stickers (can be printed on Avery® Labels 5352)
- GLBT Book Month Flyer ("Read with Pride" 8.5 x 11)
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 Month Press Release Template (.docx)
- GLBT Book Month Flyer (.docx)
- GLBT Book Month Letter-to-the-Editor Template (.docx)
- GLBT Book Month PSA scripts (.docx)
- GLBT Book Month Radio PSA scripts (.docx)
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.
- Stonewall Book Awards - The first and longest-enduring award for GLBT literature
- Rainbow Books - LGBTQ Books for Kids and Teens
- Over the Rainbow Books - LGBT Books for Adult Readers
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.
- Reading Guides for group discussions (June 2016) [pdf: 115 kb]
GLBT Programming at ALA Conference
GLBT Book Month will culminate with the many events and programs at ALA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago focusing on GLBT issues and services.
For general information, please contact:
The ALA Public Awareness Office has developed the GLBT Book Month press kit with information and resources for media.
For media inquiries, please contact: