I’m not even sure what to say. I know that I don’t need to tell you that times are hard. Or why the work that we do with LGBTQIA youth is important. Or why we need diverse books. You know. You know all of that.
After hearing news of the tragedy at Pulse in Orlando this weekend, I had to disconnect from the outside world. I found comfort in home, family, and a rainbow read. I had been reading True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan, so I picked it up and lost myself in the coming out story of a young man who just needs acceptance and love. It was a good book, full of humanity and pain and joy.
Kids and teens need books that they can relate to, that they can see themselves in. We all need these things. Stories. Acceptance. Love.
Right now the Rainbow Book List Committee, a committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association, is seeking suggestions from the field for the 2017 Rainbow Book List. We need to know about excellent books for children birth through age 18 that reflect the LGBTQ experience that have been published since July 1, 2015. For more information about the Rainbow Book List Committee click here.