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Take 5: New GLBT Titles

The Rainbow Committee is a group of readers and librarians who read and read and read all year long to put together a list of outstanding titles that focus on GLBTQ themes for kids and teens.  Unlike some of the award committees that work in super secret, the Rainbow Committee has a blog that keeps you updated.  You can view it here.  Taking a look at some of the current nominations, here are 5 2013 titles that you’ll want to check out if you are looking for new books that focus on GLBTQ issues.

Farizan, Sara. If You Could Be Mine. Algonquin Young Readers, 2013. 256 p. $16.99 (ISBN 9781616202514). Grades 9-12.

Iran is a dangerous place for two teenage girls in love.

Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 275 p. $16.99 (ISBN 9781442446892). Grades 4 and up.

How is Nate supposed to make his one dream – to star in a Broadway show – come true when he is stuck in Jankburg, Penssylvania?  The answer may involve an open casting call for E.T. The Musical.

Johnson, Alaya Dawn. The Summer Prince. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. 304p. $17.99 (ISBN 9780545520775). Grades 9-12.

Love, death, technology and art all come together in this heart stopping tale set in a futuristic Brazil.

Lam, Laura. Pantomime. Osprey Publishing, 2013. 400 p. $9.99 (ISBN 9781908844378). Grades 9-12.

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic  is a place of magic.  A great place for Gene and Micah to hide, and to hide their secrets.

Moynihan, Lindsay. The Waiting Tree. Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2013. 218 p. $17.99. (ISBN 9781477816349). Ages 14 and up.

Simon Peter wants to stand up for the truth of who he is, but it is hard to do in when his entire church and eldest brother have ostracized him. Note: One of the few books that talks about the controversial conversion (aka “reparative”) therapy which some states are now seeking to outlaw.

Now it’s your turn: What 2013 titles would you add to the list?  Tell us in the comments.


  1. I recently read If You Could Be Mine, and while I loved the setting and idea of the story, it fell flat for me. The characters weren't fully formed, and the trans story line felt very rushed. That said, it was great to have a LGBT story that featured women of color, navigating their sexuality in a country that condemns it. I just had much higher hopes of it.

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