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Stonewall Book Award

The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award and the Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award are presented to English language works published the year prior to the announcement date. The award is announced in January and presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June or July.

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      The Best at It

      by Maulik Pancholy

      Mar 2020

      Advanced Readers Plus

      2020 Honoree
      Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade in a small town in Indiana. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you’re really good at. And become the BEST at it.

      Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul’s brain. While he’s not quite sure what that special thing is, he is convinced that once he finds it, bullies like Brent Miller will stop torturing him at school. And he won’t be worried about staring too long at his classmate Justin Emery. With his best friend, Chelsea, by his side, Rahul is ready to crush this challenge… But what if he discovers he isn’t the best at anything?

      Pet

      by Akwaeke Emezi

      Nov 2019

      Advanced Readers

      2020 Honoree
      There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question—How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

      In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.

      Like a Love Story

      by Abdi Nazemian

      Oct 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2020 Honoree
      It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.

      Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS.

      Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance…until she falls for Reza and they start dating.

      Art is Judy’s best friend, their school’s only out-and-proud teen. He’ll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.

      As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won’t break Judy’s heart—and destroy the most meaningful friendship he’s ever known.

      Author’s note.

      Picture Us in the Light

      by Kelly Loy Gilbert

      Jul 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      2019 Honor
      Danny discovers secrets about his family history that shake his whole sense of self—and push him to reveal long-hidden feelings for his best friend, Harry.

      Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

      by Ashley Herring Blake

      Apr 2018

      Advanced Readers

      2019 Honor
      In the wake of a destructive tornado, twelve-year-old Ivy develops feelings for another girl in her class in this tender novel about emerging identity.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2018 Honor
      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      When the Moon Was Ours

      by Anna-Marie McLemore

      Feb 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2017 Honor
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      2017 Stonewall Book Award, Honor
      Best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in trees.

      Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

      by Susan Kuklin

      May 2014

      Mature Young Adults

      2015 Honor Book, Children’s and Young Adult Literature
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      In this diverse collection of personal histories, six teens speak candidly about how being transgender or gender-neutral has affected their lives. Note to reader. Author's note about process of creating the book. Information about the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Q&A with Dr. Manel Silva, Clinical Director of the HOTT Program. Information about Proud Theater. Glossary. Resources. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

      Two Boys Kissing

      by David Levithan

      Sep 2013

      Mature Young Adults

      2014 Honor Book, Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      In the centerpiece of this novel of four intertwined tales, ex-boyfriends Harry and Craig decide to break the world record for longest kiss.
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