There is this awesome website that lists books by sexual orientation! If you want to read about a character that is just. like. you. this is the place! And if you want to see one (or two or however many) of these titles added to our collection, fill out a purchase request online or talk to Bethany in the library.
For those of you who love disappearing into another world --or another version of our world, these are probably your top contenders for Teens' Top Ten 2018! Remember, voting is open from now until October 13th!
Here are all of the books nominated in the Teens' Top Ten for 2018 that we have available as ebooks or eaudiobooks through the Libby app. Remember, voting is happening now through October 13th, so get reading so you can cast your ballot!
DOCTOR CERBERUS by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he's more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents' basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself! An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson, Jamison Jones as Doctor Cerberus, Steven Culp as Lawrence Robertson, Pamela J. Gray as Lydia Robertson, and Jarrett Sleeper as Rodney Robertson.
OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigberg
Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers, and championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.
Happy Pride Month to all LGBTQIA+ individuals! Because it can feel lonely, we are going to celebrate Pride Month with three books featuring bisexual characters. If you are bi, hopefully you will be able to identify with a part of one of these stories. If you're not bi, hopefully you can better understand what it's like to be bi and, as a result, be able to empathize with your bi friends and family members better.
We have a variety of LGBTQIA+ characters in books, and if you're looking for a certain identity, ask Bethany in person or leave a comment below, and we'll find something for you!
Riveted by Simon Teen has several books you can read in full for free through the end of June! AND because it's Pride month, they're all LGBTQIA+ stories!
Click the button to see what's available for FREE, and this'll be you!
These books totally count for your ReadSquared minutes, so make sure you're keeping track! And tell us in the comments below which one(s) you downloaded!
SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE by Mariko Tamaki
Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, a girl with two moms forced to go to a school full of homophobes and people who don't even know what irony is. Her saving grace--her two best friends, Thomas and Naoki. Monty's obsessed with paranormal mysteries like ESP, astrology, superpowers, and the healing powers of frozen yogurt, but when strange things actually start happening to Monty, she realizes that the greatest mystery of all is herself. Thoughtful, funny, and honest, this audiobook will make you want to laugh and cry over a big cup of frozen yogurt with extra toppings and your best friends at your side.
BEING JAZZ by Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy’s body.
If you are a fan of book series, then May is the month for you! Multiple authors have published next books that have been ordered and are on there way to us!
Every year, the American Library Association recognizes books, illustrators, and authors of the children's and YA variety. It's like the Oscars of YA (and children's lit., but that's not our focus here)!
Without further ado, here are the 2018 winners that are in the BPL collection!