It’s important for teens to find validation and examples of themselves in books–most especially when those teens are marginalized or facing something like homophobia, as gay/lesbian teens do. There are so few children’s and YA books that give positive models of lesbian/gay characters–especially when you look at how many books are published every year. So it’s wonderful to find some resources.
Check out The Rainbow List GLBTQ (Gay Lesbian Bi Trans Queer) Books for Children and Teens, put out by the American Library Association. They come up with a new list every year.
And check out Lee Wind’s blog, I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? for tons of reviews of gay/lesbian books for children and teens.
I have a few reviews of great lesbian/gay fiction for teens you can see on my site, but nothing as extensive as Lee’s.
Do you know any great books with lesbian/gay characters for children or teens? Let me know! Picture books, middle grade, and YA–I’m interested in them all. I think they’re all important.