Child Advocacy

The 2008 Rainbow List:
GLBTQ Book list for Youth

The American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Round Table and The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table are co-sponsoring the Rainbow List, an annual bibliography for young readers from birth through age 18. According to the official Rainbow List myspace presence, the Rainbow List will create a recommended list of books dealing with positive Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangendered and Questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18. The 2008 list is the first list and took into consideration books published from 2005 through 2007. Future bibliographies will cover 18 months of publication, from July of the previous year through December of the current review year with selection completed at the ALA Midwinter Conference.

The committee writes in its introduction to the list:

an examination of over 200 books reveals that glbtq books are heavily weighted toward upper grade levels and that many glbtq characters in fiction take a peripheral position. Other concerns are public censorship and the lack of ready accessibility to these books. The members of the Rainbow Project encourage the publication of more books with characters validating same-gender lifestyles and cataloging with subject headings that describe these glbtq characters in children’s and young adult fiction.

Here are the selected Beginning Readers:

Considine, Kaitlyn. Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story. Il. Binny Hobbs. 2005. Two Moms Books.

Gonzalez, Rigoberto. Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio. Il. Cecilia Concepcion Alvarez. 2005. Children’s Book Press.

Jopling, Heather. Monicka’s Papa Is Tall. Il. Allyson Demoe. 2006. Nickname.

Jopling, Heather. Ryan’s Mom Is Tall. Il. Allyson Demoe. 2006. Nickname Press.

Lindenbaum, Pija. Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle. Trans. Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard. 2007. R&S Books.

Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell. And Tango Makes Three. Il. Henry Cole. 2005. Simon & Schuster.

Here are the Middle/Early Young Adult titles:


Burch, Christian. The Manny Files. 2006. Atheneum.

Hartinger, Brent. The Order of the Poison Oak. 2005. HarperTeen.

Howe, James. Totally Joe. 2005. Atheneum/Ginee Seo Books.

Larochelle, David. Absolutely, Positively Not. 2005. Arthur A. Levine Books.

Limb, Sue. Girl Nearly 16, Absolute Torture. 2005. Delacorte..

Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo. 2006. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley Books.

Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. 2005. Tundra.


Marcus, Eric. What If Someone I know Is Gay: Answers to Questions about What It Means to be Gay and Lesbian 2007. Simon Pulse.

Miller, Calvin Craig. No easy answers: Bayard Rustin and the civil rights movement. [Portraits of Black Americans Series]. 2005. Morgan Reynolds.

When I Knew. Ed. Robert Trachtenberg. Il. Tom Bachtell. 2005. Regan Books.

The complete 2008 Rainbow List is available here.

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