Bookshelf Buzz: LGBTQA literature for youth

In honor of the legalization of gay marriage in Washington state, we at iYouth would like to share some important works of LGBTQA literature for youth. Let us know what you think, share your favorites, and give us your bookshelf buzz!

The Letter Q



From AAL’s website:

“In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.”


From a very important blog: “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?” by Lee Wind, 

Starting From Here, by Lisa Jenn Bigelow



From blog review:

“Sixteen-year-old Colby Bingham’s heart has been broken too many times. Her mother has been dead for almost two years, her truck driver father is always away, her almost girlfriend just dumped her for a guy, and now she’s failing chemistry….Colby can’t start over, but can she learn how to move on?”


One of my personal favorites:

Every Day, by David Levithan



From book description on

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.


And here’s a picture book for the younger crowd:

Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers



From Lee Wind’s blog post review of this book:

“What rocks my world about this board book is how the illustrator, Marla Frazee, included images of two mom families and two dad families amidst the variety of families who hug, feed, walk, and love their babies.”

What books do you love that feature LGBTQ characters either as protagonists or background characters? What trends are you noticing in the literature world regarding acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ characters? Let us know!

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