A few general pointers about this guide:
Right now, we do not have one comprehensive subject term to locate all LGBTQIA+ books in the library. Here are some subject terms that will bring up some of these books. Click on the subject term to use it to search the Youth Collection.
Subject headings DO NOT always reflect current language usage. The GLAAD Media Reference Guide is a source you can use to get a better understanding of current language preferences.
Our current use of subject headings is also imperfect; for example, there are books with bisexual characters that lack the "Bisexuals" subject heading. Part of my motivation for creating this LibGuide was to make high-quality LGBTQIA+ books easier to find.
This LibGuide has been created to help users of the Rod Library Youth Collection find books for children and teens about asexual people, intersex people, trans people, bisexual people, gay people, lesbian people, and other people who identify with what is sometimes called the queer community. (A number of acronyms, such as LGBTQIA and LGBT, are also used to refer to some or all of these groups.) This guide also includes some books about the broader social and political issues that involve LGBTQIA+ people, and about family diversity and gender diversity as broader topics.
The intended audience for this LibGuide includes, in no particular order
This LibGuide is not a comprehensive list of all LGBTQIA+ books in the library or even in the Youth Collection. If you have questions, or would like help finding additional books, please get in touch with me (Katelyn Browne) via the contact information in my profile box to the right. You can also use the search terms in the "Search Suggestions" box to do your own searches in the library catalog.
On each page, clicking on books or their titles will take you to their records in our library catalog. I've sorted books roughly by age group and, in the case of YA fiction, by genre; the record will usually give you more information about the characters and plot. If you would like help narrowing down the list (for example, you're only interested in books with non-binary characters, or books that make good high school read-alouds, or books with main characters of color), please contact me by e-mail or stop by my office.
If you have suggestions for additional books the Youth Collection should acquire, use the Recommend a Purchase.
Here are a few notable websites that focus on LGBTQIA+ youth books. (When you click on these links, you will be taken to non-UNI websites. If you notice that a link is dead or a website no longer seems relevant, please e-mail me and let me know.)