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One of the best things about being a librarian is helping people find the books they want to read. In library-speak, that’s known as Readers’ Advisory or RA. To paraphrase a “law of library science,” there’s a book for every reader, and a reader for every book. It’s our job to try to help readers find the right book at the right time.

In order to find books to meet a reader’s request, we can use a number of different tools, to include websites, blogs and podcasts. Many of these are available for anyone to use!

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, here are some RA tools
you can use to find LGBTQIA+ books for adults and youth:

For adults:

For youth:

  • Rainbow Book List – created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of ALA’s GLBTRT. The Rainbow List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.
  • Queer YA – provided reviews of fiction of interest to lesbian, gay, transgendered, queer, and questioning teenagers. The blog has been on hiatus since 2014, but there are a lot of reviews of books prior to that time, as well as links to LGBT authors’ sites.
  • YA Pride – an LGBTQIA+ YA masterlist. It allows the user to search by identity and orientation, or merely browse the masterlist. The site also contains blog posts, author Q&A, and information for teachers and librarians, among other useful information.

Other RA resources:

For all:

  • Stonewall Book Awards List - The first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the ALA’s GLBTRT. The awards are separated into three categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Non-fiction, and Children/YA. The website has links to awards going back to 1971.
  • This Pinterest site – full of pins to LGBT books, book lists and awards.

If you need any assistance finding a book, talk to one of the librarians at the reference desks in Youth Services or Adult Services. We’re always happy to help!