Home » Categories » Collection Development » Weeding Tips » 2015

05-15: LGBQ Books for Teens

LGBTQ Books for Teens

People often say that stories can act as mirrors or windows.  It is important that we provide books that reflect the various identities of all our patrons - ethnic, religious, political, sexual, and gender. Your teen collection should include current fiction and non-fiction that act as both mirrors and windows.  

Included in the weeding section are a number of non-fiction books that are outdated in terms of laws, attitudes, and resource lists for LGBTQ teens. Please remember that some of the books are bound very nicely and don't show wear (I'm looking at the uncracked spine of many Opposing Viewpoint books), but they have misleading or dated information. Other books escape the “dusty list” or “dead” reports because patrons might not check the copyright date before hitting “Place Request” or checking the item out (that means you Same-Sex Marriage, Pro and Con: A Reader (c1997), all 7 copies circulated in 2013-2014).  

The C.R.E.W guidelines for 306 (Culture & Institutions): This section includes books on marriage, family life, and sexuality. Discard as interest in the author or title wanes. Unless a book has an historical approach, the topic is usually outdated within five years. 5/2/MUSTIE


Suggestions for Weeding

Teen Fiction

  • If It Doesn't Kill You by Margaret Bechard, c1999 (0670885479)
  • The Blue Lawn by William Taylor, c1999 (1555834930)
  • Bad Boy by Diana Wieler, c1992 (0385304153)

Teen/Adult Non-Fiction (that  might be used for school reports)


Suggestions for Purchase


  • I Am J by Cris Beam, c2011 (9780316053617)
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, c2013 (9780374324728)
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, c2012 (9780738732510)
  • Sister Mischief by Laura Goode, c2011  (9780763646400)
  • Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, c2009  (9780385736640)
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, c2013 (9780307931900)
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, c2014 (9780803734968)
  • October Mourning: a song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman, c2012 (9780763658076)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, c2012 (9781442408920)
  • Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, c2013 (9780763661199)
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier, c2012 (9780545326988)
  • Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright, c2011 (9781416939962)


  • Gay America: struggle for equality by Linas Alsenas, c 2008 (9780810994874)
  • Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out by Susan Kuklin, c2014 (9780763656119)
  • Some Assembly Required: the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen by Arin Andrews, c2014 (9781481416757)
  • The Letter Q: queer writers notes to their younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon, c2012 (9780545399326)
  • It Gets Better: coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller,c2011 (9780525952336)
  • Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington, c2013 (9781926920962)



0 (0)
Article Rating (No Votes)
Rate this article
  • Icon PDFExport to PDF
  • Icon MS-WordExport to MS Word
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Comments Comments
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Related Articles RSS Feed
02-15: World Geography for Children and Teens
Viewed 820 times since Thu, Feb 26, 2015
09-15: Common Legal Issues
Viewed 967 times since Wed, Sep 2, 2015
04-15: Careers
Viewed 1411 times since Thu, Mar 26, 2015
08-15: Home Economics
Viewed 2003 times since Wed, Aug 5, 2015
11-15: Applied Physics
Viewed 710 times since Wed, Nov 4, 2015
10-15: Baking
Viewed 1789 times since Fri, Oct 2, 2015
12-15: Nonfiction for Teens
Viewed 1071 times since Mon, Nov 30, 2015
07-15: Theater
Viewed 794 times since Mon, Jun 29, 2015
01-15: Social Customs & Etiquette
Viewed 1176 times since Fri, Jan 16, 2015
03-15: Paranormal Phenomena
Viewed 1054 times since Mon, Mar 9, 2015