The Compulsive Reader: A List of LGBT YA Books, A #WeNeedDiverseBooks Discussion

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A List of LGBT YA Books, A #WeNeedDiverseBooks Discussion

As a part of our many, many ongoing conversations about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, Amy Rose Capetta and I put our heads together and came up with this list of YA books with LGBT protagonists. This campaign is meant for diverse books of all types, but we are especially attuned to LGBT books--particularly the ones with lesbian and bi characters. If we've missed any, let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the list!

Starred are the books we've read and can recommend!

*34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
*37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon
*A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
*Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
*Am I Blue? Ed. Marion Dane Bauer
*Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alearz Saenz
*Ash by Malinda Lo
*Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills
*Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
*Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (On the Count of Three)
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
*The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
*Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
*Far From You by Tess Sharpe
*Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Freak Boy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Gone, Gone, Gone Hannah Moscovitz
*Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Hero by Perry Moore
How Beautiful the Ordinary Ed. Michael Cart
*Huntress by Malinda Lo
I Am J by Cris Beam
*If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
*Inheritance by Malinda Lo
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Ann Peters
*Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins by Marion Dane Bauer
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
*Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
*Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsburg
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
Pretend You Love Me by Julie Anne Peters
Proxy by Alex London
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
*Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Rage by Julie Anne Peters
Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan
She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
*Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
*The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Teeth by Hannah Mosckowitz
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
*Everything by David Levithan

Some observations:

Books about bi girls are almost non-existent. The only one on the list was Far From You and Malinda Lo's Adaptation and Inheritance.

The only speculative fiction with lesbian protagonists are the books by Malinda Lo. What's up with that??

Seriously, though.

I also posted this picture of a display I made at work the other day:

The display includes:

And Tango Makes Three
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
The Colored Car by Jean Alicia Elster
Old Mikamba Had a Farm

And finally, one last picture...

The view outside of the bookstore today included a lovely rainbow. I'm taking it as a sign.

Continue using the hashtag, recommending books, and if you can, buying them!


Liviania said...

So many books to buy/read in this post!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the cool recs, I think I've only read a handful of the books in this post so I need to get to that :D

Anonymous said...

So many books! I'll have to resist trying to read all of them at once. You've got me set up with reading material for the next while.