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Popular Paperbacks: GLBTQ

Photo by flickr user Guillaume Paumier
Photo by flickr user Guillaume Paumier
When Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults created the first GLBTQ list in 2006, chair Alison Hendon expressed, “It’s about time.” It featured authors that continue to give a voice to GLBTQ teens: David Levithan, Julie Anne Peters, Alex Sanchez. Similarly, when the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults selected its list topics for 2013, the committee determined a reexamination of the topic was overdue.

In keeping with the times and in an effort to be inclusive, committee members settled on: “GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer-Questioning, Intersexed, Asexual Individuals, and Their Allies.” Each year the Rainbow List and the Stonewall Books Awards recognize outstanding books that reflect the GLBTQ experience for a particular year. PPYA has an advantage of selecting from a range of years, and the list can serve as both collection development and readers’ advisory tools.

Current nominations for this year’s PPYA list include:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

What books (fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels) would you include on a GLBTQ list? The only requirements: books must be available in paperback and must be in print. We’d love for teens, teachers, librarians, and other readers to submit suggestions for this list.

— Karen Keys, currently reading Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

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