Nothing to make me go “eeeeee!!!” on a rainy January morning like seeing in my Google Reader that the Rainbow List blog has a new post — and it’s for the long-anticipated annual Rainbow List!
The Rainbow List is compiled by American Library Association’s Gay and Lesbian Round Table. The committee takes nominations for LGBTQ-themed books published in the previous 18 months that are written for young readers, compiles their list of recommendations, and names a Top Ten.
Guess what book is on the Top Ten list with nine other fabulous titles, that added a few extra E’s to my “eeeeee!!!”?
- *Bigelow, Lisa Jenn. Starting From Here. 2012. 292p. Amazon Children’s Publishing, $16.99 (9780761462330). Grades 9 & Up.
- *Cronn-Mills, Kristin. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. 2012. 288p. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., $9.99 (9780738732510). Grades 8 & Up.
- *Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012. 480p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062020567). Grades 9 & Up.
- *King, A.S. Ask the Passengers. 2012. 304p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316194686). Grades 9 & Up.
- *Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. 2012. 400p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316197960). Grades 9 & Up.
- *Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. 2012. 384p. HarperCollins, $25.99 (9780062060617). Grades 9 & Up.
- *Moon, Sarah, editor. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. 2012. 288p. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545399326). Grades 6 & Up.
- *Rice-Gonzalez, Charles. Chulito: a Novel. 2011. 275p. Magnus Books, $14.95 (9781936833030). Grades 10 & Up.
- *Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 2012. 368p. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442408920). Grades 9-12.
- *Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012. 240p. Scholastic Graphix, $23.99 (9780545326988). Grades 6 & Up.
I’ve read Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Ask the Passengers, Adaptation, and Drama and can attest to their wonderfulness. I look forward to reading the others!
Other personal favorites of mine from the list include Kiss the Morning Star, by Elissa Janine Hoole (fellow 2012 debut author!); 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order), by Kekla Magoon; and Gone, Gone, Gone, by Hannah Moskowitz. I still haven’t yet read Personal Effects, by another of my fellow 2012 debut authors, E.M. Kokie, but from all I’ve heard I’m going to love it.
Each year I find the Rainbow List a great source for staying up with LGBTQ-themed lit for kids and teens. For Starting from Here to be so honored is, well… an honor!