2017 Rainbow Book List highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teen

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/25/2017


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140


ATLANTA - The 2017 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 Jan. 20- 24 in Atlanta.

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 47 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, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016.

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 2017 bibliography, please visit http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/1255.

The 2017 Rainbow Books list committee includes Co-Chair Kathleen Breitenbach, Hamilton Township Public Library, Hamilton, N.J.; Co-Chair Mary Gen Davies, Chicago Public Library, Chicago; Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, Minn.; Dawn Betts-Green, Tallahassee, Fla.; Ruth Ann Compton, Arlington County Public Library, Arlington, Va.; Shelley Ann Mastalerz, Seattle Public Library, Seattle; and Edward Sullivan, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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.