The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
LGBT Resources - October 2004


YA LGBT Fiction reviewed by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 1994-2004

Bauer, Marion Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence. HarperCollins, 1994
Paulsen, Gary The Car. Harcourt, 1994
Donovan, Stacey Dive. Dutton, 1994
McClain, Ellen No Big Deal. Lodestar, 1994
Nelson, Theresa Earthshine. Jackson/Orchard, 1994
Kerr, M. E. Deliver Us from Evie. HarperCollins, 1994
Davis, Deborah My Brother has AIDS. Atheneum, 1994
Fox, Paula The Eagle Kite. Jackson/Orchard, 1995
Vigna, Judith My Two Uncles. Whitman, 1995
Woodson, Jacqueline From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun. Blue Sky/ Scholastic, 1995
Springer, Nancy Looking for Jamie Bridger. Dial, 1995
Van Dijk, Lutz Damned Strong Love. Holt, 1995
Block, Francesca Lia Baby Be-Bop. Colter/HarperCollins, 1995
Cart, Michael My Father's Scar. Simon, 1996
Garden, Nancy Good Moon Rising. Farrar, 1996
Donoghue, Emma Kissing the Witch. Colter/HarperCollins, 1997
Gantos, Jack Desire Lines. Farrar, 1997
Wersba, Barbara Whistle Me Home. Holt, 1997
Kerr, M. E. "Hello," I Lied. HarperCollins, 1997
Larson, Rodger What I Know Now.Holt, 1997
Mowry, Jess Babylon Boyz. Simon, 1997
Dines, Carol Talk to Me. Delacorte, 1997
Woodson, Jacqueline The House You Pass on the Way. Delacorte, 1997
Jenkins, A. M. Breaking Boxes. Delacorte, 1997
Mastoon, Adam The Shared Heart. Lothrop, 1997
Stoehr, Shelley Tomorrow Wendy. Delacorte, 1998
Bechard, Margaret If It Doesn't Kill. You Viking, 1999
Naylor, Phillis Reynolds Alice on the Outside. Karl/Atheneum, 1999
Wittlinger, Ellen Hard Love. Simon, 1999
Garden, Nancy The Year They Burned the Books. Farrar, 1999
Boock, Paula Dare Truth or Promise. Houghton, 1999
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann Name Me. Nobody Hyperion, 1999
Taylor, William Jerome. Alyson, 1999
Torres, Laura November Ever After. Holiday House, 1999
Ferris, Jean Eight Seconds. Harcourt, 2000
Garden, Nancy Holly's Secret. Farrar, 2000
Ryan, Sara Empress of the World. Viking, 2001
Taylor, Kim Cissy Funk. HarperCollins, 2001
Wolff, Virginia Euwer True Believer. Atheneum, 2001
Shyer, Marlene Fanta The Rainbow Kite. Cavendish, 2002
Huser, Glen Stitches. Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 2003
Sanchez, Alex Rainbow High. Simon, 2003
Benduhn, Tea Gravel Queen. Simon, 2003
Hartinger, Brent Geography Club. HarperTempest, 2003
Levithan, David Boy Meets Boy. Knopf, 2003
Myracle, Lauren Kissing Kate. Dutton, 2003
Peters, Julie Anne Keeping You a Secret. Tingley/Little, 2003
Ripslinger, Jon How I Fell in Love & Learned to Shoot Free Throws. Roaring Brook, 2003
Matthews, Andrew The Flip Side. Delacorte, 2003
Earls, Nick 48 Shades of Brown. Graphia/Houghton, 2004
Lyon, George Ella Sonny's House of Spies. Jackson/Atheneum, 2004


Compiled and annotated by GSLIS student Pat Morey

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN works to ensure safe and effective schools for all students, a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The site lists books, videos and audio resources for teachers, school staff (librarians!) and students. Resources are appropriate for school age children, especially relevant for adolescents and teens. The site is updated regularly.

Books for Gay and Lesbian Youth
This site has a great bibliography of popular books for LGBT youth, their allies, supporters and caregivers. Both fiction and non-fiction materials are included on the list. There is a lengthier description of each work. From the site you can link directly to to purchase the book.

Gerber/Hart Library: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Information Resource and Archives
Gerber/Hart Library is a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. It is the Midwest's largest LGBT circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections. The library hosts various programs and events to support its beliefs that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia and that affirming information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons is critical to fostering pride and self-confidence. Gerber/Hart Library seeks to not only preserve and protect items of LGBT individuals and organizations, but to be a conduit for change.

Indigenous Literature with a Queer/LGBT/Two-Spirit Sensibility
This site includes authors who are LGBTQ or ALLY and Native American/ American Indian. The resources are general and not all should be assumed to be appropriate for the YA audience.

Oasis Journals: A Writing Community for Queer and Questioning Youth
The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth, web site provides a wide range of resources available for youth, educators and parents on a variety of subject areas. In addition to books, videos and other materials, the site is a wonderful place for young people to learn more about the coming out process and news from around the world that might affect them.

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
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National Youth Advocacy Coalition
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youthresource: A Project of Advocates for Youth
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