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8 Books From the Rainbow List
by SeoJin Ahn
The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant
characters and content related to the LGBTQ youth and is created
by the Rainbow Book List Committee. The following are eight
books of varying lengths, projected demographics, and content.
1. Newman, Lesléa. Heather Has Two Mommies.Written
by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Laura Cornell. 2015. 32p.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763666316). 37 yrs.
In which a child learns that not all families are alike, but love
each other the same nonetheless.
2. *Silverberg, Cory. Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about
Bodies, Feelings, and YOU.Written by Cory Silverberg;
illus. by Fiona Smyth. 2015. 159p. Seven Stories,
$23.95 (9781609806064). Gr. 36.
A sexed book that includes information about the gender binary
and different, “nontraditional” sexualities.
3. Brugman, Alyssa. Alex As Well.2015. 224p. Henry
Holt, $16.99 (9781627790147). Gr 912.
A novel about an intersex teenager who decides to take her
gender into her own hands.
4. Dawn, Nyrae. The History of Us.2015. 184p. Harmony
Ink, $14.99 (9781634761796). Gr. 912.
A gay jock on a roadtrip to document other LGBTQ people’s
5. Koehler, Christopher. Poz. 2015. 180p. Harmony Ink,
$14.99 (9781632163684). Gr. 912.
A former inthecloset teen, newly HIVpositive teenager living
with the consequences of several casual flings.
6. Moskowitz, Hannah. Not Otherwise Specified.2015.
260p. Simon & Schuster, $11.99 (9781481405959).
A novel about a girl who does not fit exactly into a sexuality or
any other label, but just floating somewhere in the middle.
7. *StetzWaters, Karelia. Forgive Me If I’ve Told You
This Before.2014. 299p. Ooligan, $14.95
(9781932010732). Gr. 912.
Written in lyrical language about life in 1992 Oregon when
homosexuality was definitely sin and the main character realized
she was definitely gay.
8. Hubert. Adrian and the Tree of Secrets.Written by
Hubert, illus. by Marie Caillou, tr. by David Homel.
2015. 125p. Arsenal Pulp, $18.95 (9781551525563).
A French graphic novel about a gay boy with an oppressive
mother who sends him to a strict Catholic school.
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