Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are featuring inclusive titles to celebrate ALA's GLBT Book Month.
Recommendations for Adults:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Jun 2018)
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (Mar 2019)
A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.
She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters by Robyn Ryle (Mar 2019)
This book is written like a choose-your-own adventure story and is called a gender adventure story by the author in the "how to read this book" segment.
Black Wave by Michelle Tea (Sept 2016)
It's 1999 and Michelle's world is ending. A dreamlike and dystopian meditation on sobriety, adulthood, and the weird obligations of storytelling.
Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color by Gilbert Baker (Jun 2019)
The never-published memoir of the visual artist and social justice activist who created the Rainbow Flag, which became an international emblem of the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Jul 2017)
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past.
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Mar 2018)
An Ivy League-bound star athlete from a prestigious private school in Washington, D.C., and his best friend, the daughter of prominent government insiders, struggle with brutal responses to the young man's sexual orientation before finding themselves speeding toward a violent and senseless future.
A powerful, visual history of five decades of parades and protests of the LGBTQ rights movement. These photos, paired with descriptions of major events from each decade as well as selected reporting from The Times, showcase the victories, setbacks, and ongoing struggles for the LGBTQ community.
Recommendations for Teens:
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg (Feb 2019)
A story about two totally opposite teenage boys falling in love over a summer that throws everything possible to keep them apart.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Jun 2017)
Two friends on a Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble across a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt shaped by pirates, highwaymen and their growing attraction to one another.
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (May 2016)
A transgender girl and a boy struggling with bipolar disorder forge a friendship based on their respective experiences as outsiders trying to fit in.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Nov 2018)
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for... and the most cruel. But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone (Oct 2018)
High school juniors and best friends Courtney and Jupe, and new sophomore Rae, explore their sexuality and their budding attractions for one another.
Every Day by David Levithan (Aug 2012)
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until A wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Feb 2018)
Prince Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances - one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone's secret weapon means being a secret.
Recommendations for Children:
Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Apr 2018)
A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
Jacob's Room to Choose by Sarah and Ian Hoffman (May 2019)
When Jacob tries to use the boy's bathroom, he is mistaken for a girl and chase him out. After Jacob's friend Sophie faces the same situation, their class gets together to make things better.
Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman (Jun 2018)
This picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids - and their grown-ups - to express themselves in every color of the rainbow.
Our Rainbow (from Little Bee Books/May 2019)
In this bold board book, children will learn about the colors of the iconic pride flag.
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (May 2019)
This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understand of themselves and others with child-friendly language.
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, and Carolyn Choi (Jul 2019)
A handy book about intersectionality that depicts the nuances of identity and embraces difference as a source of community.
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (Mar 2018)
Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school.
Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present by Arabelle Sicardi (May 2019)
Discover the inspiring stories of these LGBT artists, writers, innovators, athletes, and activists who have made great contributions to culture, from ancient times to present day.
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart (May 2019)
This book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe in a simple and engaging format for young readers.