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LGBT reading tips from our librarians: to open minds

“I think it’s part of the library itself, to open minds. I want to have a broad collection because people have different points of view. They can see themselves reflected in books and can also understand others,” Librarian Uranian explains about our LGTBQ+ book selection.

“It started many years ago with teachers wanting to be conscious about different groups and to include them. I found that there are more than informational books, but also picture books and fiction books. There are some preconceptions of what different lifestyles are, but when you actually get into a story you get someone else’s viewpoint. Sometimes it’s not so different from your own. People live in different ways, and it’s nice that our students are open to that.”

So here's our library's reading list for all age groups - happy reading, everyone!

306.76 MOC
Mock, Janet, 1983- author. Redefining Realness : My path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more. First Atria Paperback edition December 2014.
"[Janet Mock] recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen--a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism ... offers a perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged, and transgender in America."--Provided by publisher.

306.76 POL
Pollack, Rachel. The Journey Out : A Guide For and About Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens. U.S.A. : Viking, 1995.

306.76 ROD
Rodi, Robert. Confronting stereotypes. Broomall, PA : Mason Crest, [2017].
"Explores common LGBT stereotypes that persist both outside and inside the community"--Provided by publisher.

921 JEN
Jennings, Jazz. Being Jazz : my life as a (transgender) teen. 1st ed. New York : Crown, [2016].
An autobiography of Jazz Jennings in which she shares her experiences of transitioning for male to female and becoming an advocate for transgender youth.

940.53 SET
Setterington, Ken. Branded by the pink triangle. Toronto, ON : Second Story Press, [2013].
Describes how homosexuals were treated during the Holocaust.

Garden, Nancy. Molly's family. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c2004.
When Molly draws a picture of her family for Open School Night, one of her classmates makes her feel bad because he says she cannot have a mommy and a mama.

Newman, Lesléa. Daddy, Papa, and me. Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, c2009.
Illustrations and rhyming text describe a toddler spending the day with his two daddies.

Newman, Lesléa. Donovan's big day. 1st ed. Berkeley [Calif.] : Tricycle Press, c2011.
From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.

Newman, Lesléa, author. Heather has two mommies. First Candlewick Press edition 2015.
"Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn't have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn't matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because 'the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.'" --Provided by publisher.

Newman, Lesléa. Mommy, Mama, and me. Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, c2009.
Illustrations and rhyming text describe a toddler spending the day with his two mommies.

Polacco, Patricia. In our mothers' house. New York : Philomel Books, c2009.
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.

Richardson, Justin, 1963-. And Tango makes three. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005.
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

Albertalli, Becky. What if it's us. London : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Meet Ben and Arthur. Ben is a battered dreamer who's shipping his ex-boyfriend's things back to him. Arthur is new to New York and struggling to fit in. After an memorable meet-cute in a New York post office, the boys lose touch only be be brought back together via a 'missed connection' advert. Is it fate? It looks like it. But after a series of disastrous first dates, Ben and Arthur may have to accept the universe should've minded its own business.

Blake, Ashley Herring. Ivy Aberdeen's letter to the world. 1st trade pbk. ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2019.
"Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school"--Provided by publisher.

Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993. Earthly powers. New York : Europa Editions, c2012.
Tells the story of Kenneth Toomey, an author of mediocre fiction, and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God who eventually became the Pope.

Chbosky, Stephen. The perks of being a wallflower. New York : MTV Books/Pocket Books, c1999.
Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver.

Clark, Kristin. Freakboy. 1st ed. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

Danforth, Emily M. The miseducation of Cameron Post. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, [2016].
"Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change"--Provided by publisher.

Hennessey, M. G. The other boy. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, [2016].
"Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his friends and teammates, to Josh, and his crush, Madeline. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane's whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he's still the same boy he was before. And in the end, those who stand beside him may surprise everyone, including Shane"--Jacket flap.

Ihimaera, Witi Tame, 1944-. The uncle's story. Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2000.
Michael Mahana recovers the dairy of his Uncle Sam and embarks on a quest to discover more about his life and experiences as a solider who fought in the Vietnam War.

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-. Ask the passengers : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Astrid Jones, who realizes that she is a lesbian, deals with the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love up to the people on airplanes as they pass over her.

Nelson, Jandy. I'll give you the sun. New York, N.Y. : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014].
"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"--Provided by publisher.

Peck, Richard, 1934-. The best man. New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2016].
"Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget"--Provided by publisher.

Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, a girl in pieces. 1st ed. El Paso, Tex. : Cinco Puntos Press, [2014].
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Rudetsky, Seth. My awful popularity plan. 1st Ember ed. New York : Ember, 2013, c2012.
Chubby, Jewish, and gay high school sophomore Justin Goldblatt plans to become popular by the end of the year, but instead of dating the star quarterback he catches the eye of Becky, the quarterback's girlfriend, while his best friend, Spencer, stops speaking to him.

Selvadurai, Shyam, 1965-. Swimming in the monsoon sea. Toronto, Ont. : Tundra Books ;, c2005.
In 1980 Sri Lanka, fourteen-year-old Amrith's uneventful summer, filled with typing lessons and hopes of a part in his school's production of "Othello," is turned upside down when he falls in love with a boy.

Von Ziegesar, Cecily. Don't you forget about me : a Gossip Girl novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
Nate struggles to choose between Blair and Serena after learning that Serena is in love with him, and Dan wonders if he is really gay, confused by his lingering feelings for Vanessa.

Westerfeld, Scott. Afterworlds. 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed. September 2014. New York : Simon Pulse, 2014.
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 1st ed. New York : Graphix, 2012.
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

J 306.85 THO
Thomas, Pat, 1959-. This is my family : a first look at same-sex parents. 1st ed. for the U.S. and Canada. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, 2012.
Introduces families that have parents of the same sex and explores the need to respect peoples differences.

J 921 JEN
Herthel, Jessica. I am Jazz! New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014].
Text and illustrations tell the story of Jazz Jenning, who was born a boy, but felt like a girl.