Signal Boost: Over the Rainbow Committee needs members!

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For the past three years, I’ve been part of the American Library Association GLBT Roundtable’s Over the Rainbow committee. I’m currently the chair. This committee exists to create a bibliography of queer books for adults that come out every year, to help librarians doing collection development. They are recruiting new members to start in January 2015. 

The truth: if you join this committee, you will be inundated with review copies of gay books. Many of them are faaaaaantastic. Some of them will make you cry or pee your pants laughing. Some of them will not be your cup of tea. Still, serving on this committee is an opportunity to make queer voices more visible in libraries, and also to see the variety of queer books being published. It is also a way to get involved in ALA or the GLBTRT, if that’s something you’re into. 

If you’re interested in applying, the details are here, the deadline is October 15. You do need to be a member of ALA, and of the GLBTRT. It’s a two-year commitment. It is highly encouraged for you to come to Midwinter, but you can also attend virtually, if you don’t make it in person. I am happy to talk with anyone who is considering applying. Not gonna lie, you have to read A LOT, but if you already read a lot of queer books, why not? 

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The 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), has been decided at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

This year’s list includes 71 titles published between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.  The committee’s mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic GLBT content and are recommended for adults over age 18. It is not meant to be all inclusive but is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for recommendations for a cross-section of the year’s titles. Although the committee attempts to present titles for a variety of reading tastes and levels, no effort is made to balance this bibliography according to subject, area of interest, age, or genre.

Important resource, but noticed some weird choices & inaccuracies in a few of the summaries, so take them with a grain of salt.

Rainbow Top 10 Books for Genre Readers

Unlike the Stonewall and the Lammys, the Rainbow Book Lists can recognize as many books as they want. Today, we’re going to highlight some books that have been recognized as Top 10 titles (or, before 2012, books recognized as “exceptional and highly recommended titles”) each year.

(Librarians, if you are trying to add breadth and depth to the LGBTQ+ representation in your J & YA collections, the Rainbow lists are a great place to check for lesser-known books!)

The Arts

  • Sister Mischief by Laura Goode (2012)
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (2013)
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2013)
  • Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2014)


  • Ash by Malinda Lo (2010)
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo (2012)
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam (2014)


  • Putting Make-Up on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright (2012)

Historical Fiction

  • Breathing Underwater by Lu Vickers (2008)
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland (2011)
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth (2013)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2013)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2013)
  • Leap by Z. Egloff (2014)

Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (2012)
  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo (2013)
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (2014)
  • The Culling by Stephen dos Santos (2014)
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (2014)

Verse Novels

  • FreakBoy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (2014)
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Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes has been selected for the 2015 Over the Rainbow List. Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), the committee’s mission is to create a bibliography of literary books that have significant and authentic GLBT content and can be recommended for adults over 18. Check out the incredible list of titles here!

Nice to come back to the office to a big stack of rad queer books to read for the Over The Rainbow bibliography. I talked with a lot of folks about the GLBTRT during Annual, and OTR is one way I’ve been able to get involved. I’m gonna chair next year, so please get in touch if you are interested.

Do you know any trans*, bisexual, lesbian, gay, two-spirit, asexual, or otherwise queer books that have come out since July 2012? Especially things that might be under the radar? Lemme know!

Rainbow Books - GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens by the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table.

The Rainbow Project, a product of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and Social Responsibilities Round Table (SSRT), proudly announces the 2014 Rainbow List.  The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18. The list is intended to aid youth in selecting high-quality books which were published between July 2012 and December 2013.  The list also is intended to aid as a collection development or reader’s advisory tool for librarians serving children and young adults.

The committee members evaluated over 150 books from small, independent, and large publishers, and selected thirty books from 25 publishers for the 2014 Rainbow List. Among the 150 books evaluated by the committee, committee members noted an increase in the number of graphic novels.  The number of teen fiction titles has also increased, and teen fiction comprises 70% of the 2014 list.  However, there has been a significant decline in juvenile fiction (only one title appropriate for the list) and no picture books.  As in previous years, non-fiction for any age, including memoirs and history so vital to tying a culture together, remains sparse.

History of the Stonewall Awards

Originally known as the Gay Book Award, The Stonewall Award of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table became officially a part of the American Library association in 1986. Renamed in 1987 to the Gay and Lesbian Book Award, in 1990 the award split into nonfiction and literature. In 1999, the name of the award changed to reflect the round table, and was called the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Book Award. It wasn’t until 2002, over 30 years after the Stonewall Riots, that the awards were named after one of the biggest flash points in American queer history.

At that time, there were still only two awards: the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. It wasn’t until 2010 that the Stonewalls were expanded to add a children’s award, and in 2012 it was renamed to the Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award in honor of the couple’s gift to the endowment.

Until 2015, there was one committee looking at all books; starting in 2015, the committee will split into two, and one will look exclusively at the youth materials, while the other will look at adults. The Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is celebrated with the Newbery, Caldecott, and other youth awards at the Midwinter Meeting Media Awards.

At ALA Midwinter this year, Que(e)ry was excited to learn that Philadelphia had named a street after activist Barbara Gittings, who among other things was involved in LGBT activism for libraries in the 1970s, resulting in the first LGBT caucus in a professional organization in the United States.

Also from ALA Midwinter, the GLBTRT announced the 2014 Stonewall Book awards, the 2014 Rainbow Book List, and the 2014 Over the Rainbow Book list. Check them out and promote them in your libraries!

The 2013 Stonewall Book Awards were announced today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience and include the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature award and the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. The awards will be presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. more…