One of the best things about being a librarian is helping people find the books they want to read. In library-speak, that’s known as Readers’ Advisory or RA. To paraphrase a “law of library science,” there’s a book for every reader, and a reader for every book. It’s our job to try to help readers find the right book at the right time.
In order to find books to meet a reader’s request, we can use a number of different tools, to include websites, blogs and podcasts. Many of these are available for anyone to use!
In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, here are some RA tools
you can use to find LGBTQIA+ books for adults and youth:
- Over the Rainbow Books – this site is a bibliography that reflects the LGBT experience and is meant for adult readers. Books on the list are read and recommended by the Over the Rainbow Committee, which is part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).
- The Lambda Literary Awards (the Lammy’s) – awarded annually to works which celebrate or explore LGBT themes. The website lists the award winners for the most recent year, and also has archives of all nominees and winners since 1989. You can also find reviews of books, interviews with authors, and much more information.
- The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards – created in 1998 to honor works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror which include positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues.
- Other RA resources:
- Rainbow Book List – created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of ALA’s GLBTRT. The Rainbow List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.
- Queer YA – provided reviews of fiction of interest to lesbian, gay, transgendered, queer, and questioning teenagers. The blog has been on hiatus since 2014, but there are a lot of reviews of books prior to that time, as well as links to LGBT authors’ sites.
- YA Pride – an LGBTQIA+ YA masterlist. It allows the user to search by identity and orientation, or merely browse the masterlist. The site also contains blog posts, author Q&A, and information for teachers and librarians, among other useful information.
Other RA resources:
- Diversity in YA
- Seventeen Magazine’s 13 Beautiful Books Every LGBTQ Teen Should Read
- The Advocate’s list of 21 LGBT picture books every child should read
- Stonewall Book Awards List - The first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the ALA’s GLBTRT. The awards are separated into three categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Non-fiction, and Children/YA. The website has links to awards going back to 1971.
- This Pinterest site – full of pins to LGBT books, book lists and awards.
If you need any assistance finding a book, talk to one of the librarians at the reference desks in Youth Services or Adult Services. We’re always happy to help!