LGBTQ & YA 2016

Suggestions and ideas for sourcing YA fiction

In 2014, working on a post-grad Uni task with Kate S, we created a readers' advisory using Smore (link below). This new Smore provides additional information to that advisory as some of the information needed a 2016 update and other sources have been located. However, there is still plenty of great information on the original, and I do recommend going and having a read of what we created.

Places to search...

If you're considering specific titles already in print or if you've been asked to get a title, here are a couple of review sites that you can consult for information.

Honestly, one of the best ways to source possible titles to add to your collection is to consult some of the "most anticipated" or "best of" lists/posts from reputable sites - and to then do some comparisons across the lists. It's particularly helpful when they provide brief reviews or synopsis. Here are a few that I've been looking at for 2016.

This first one is the YA list from the Rainbow Book Committee's website - the 2016 list is drawn from books published between July 2014 and December 2015. If you are working with younger kids, this list includes picture books and juvenile fiction.

Why include LGBTQ texts in your library?

Consider this information from the Australian Human Rights Commission's Face the Facts website. Providing young adults with the opportunity to see themselves in the books they read or to develop their empathy by walking in someone else's shoes via a book could do a great deal to reduce bullying, increase the confidence and self-esteem of young adults.
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(above: the 2014 infographic from -