Our goal at ReadingOUT is to create a resource that can point young people, and those who care about them, to information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) topics that will help them maintain or regain a sense of belonging and self‐worth. We want to connect young people to fiction that reflects their needs and their aspirations; biographies that demonstrate that LGBTQ individuals do indeed live meaningful and productive lives; and non‐fiction that answers the many questions they have about navigating their emerging identities.
To these ends, we have compiled a database of bibliographic information of highly recommended books on LGBTQ‐related themes for children and young adults from pre‐K through college age. Each title has received one or more awards and/or has been included on a list of notable books issued by prominent organizations in the library, education, and LGBTQ advocacy fields. These books have been vetted by experts in our professions as the best books available for young adults, teens, and children.
We are committed to making these books more accessible to young people and want to help you identify books that will address the needs of specific individuals in addition to aiding you in enhancing the curriculum and building library collections.
More Ways to Search
Our functionality goes beyond the usual access points of author, title, and subject, providing access by genre, grade level, geographic setting, and award as well. You can
Yay! My Local Library Has That Book!
You can easily determine if the title you are seeking is available locally by clicking on “Find the closest library with this book” and inputting your zip code in the box marked “Enter your location” on the resulting page.
Credentials in Support of Collection Development
In addition to listing the awards and notable books on which each book appears, ReadingOUT also provides titles of reviewing sources since many library collection development policies require a minimal number of book reviews in order to purchase items.
Since we are emphasizing titles aimed at children and young adults, we have limited the number of titles in support of adults. However, there are a few books that we simply couldn’t leave out. To find these, go to the Search page and type “reference” in the box.
Here are some additional resources that are available on the Internet:
Advocates for Youth: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth Initiative
Advocates for Youth is an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness and skill sets of professionals serving youth. This initiative addresses the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): LGBT Youth & Schools Resources and Links
Includes resources from the ACLU plus links to other relevant organizations on topics such as free speech and expression, privacy, web filtering, and harassment.
American Library Association (ALA) Outreach Resources for Services to GLBT People
Resources include ALA-sponsored book awards and notable book lists, GLBT-related ALA access and service policies (including the Library Bill of Rights), plus a link the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT).
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Offers many great resources for educators, including curriculum ideas and ways to advocate for the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ youth.
Healthy LGB Students Project
Sponsored by the American Psychological Association, this project offers resources for working with lesbian, gay and bisexual students, including ideas to promote health and to work against discrimination and harassment.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
A great place to learn about global LGBT issues. As its tagline says: “Human rights for everyone, everywhere.”
National Education Association’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me
Offers support and resources to help you stop bullying at your school.
Provides educators with the resources necessary to create learning environments in elementary schools in which all learners are welcomed and respected