Lesbian and Gay Books for Teens

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.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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4 Responses to Lesbian and Gay Books for Teens

  1. Cheryl, I’ve got a list of my favorites with links to books I’ve reviewed on my blog. Not an extensive resource, but hey. Something, right? 🙂

    Also, following the link on the Rainbow List blog, I’ve become a subscriber to Queer YA: Fiction for LGTBQ Teens, another book review blog.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Lisa, that’s fantastic; thank yo ufor sharing them!

  3. Lee Wind says:

    Thanks for the shout-out Cheryl! I’m thrilled that more and more of us are talking about the great books that are OUT there with Gay (GLBTQ) Characters! thanks for all you do,
    Namaste,
    Lee

  4. Cheryl says:

    You’re very welcome, Lee. I’m so glad there are more great lesbian/gay books out there, too, for teens.

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