Library Resources | Maria Hugger| February 19, 2018
To help librarians enhance their library collection, Core Collections librarians have curated a list of LGBTQIA books added to the Core Collections databases in the last year.
Are you looking for new titles that better serve the needs of your diverse patron base? Want to display the great LGBTQIA literature your library carries year-round, not just during Pride Month? To help you build and maintain your collection, Core Collections librarians sort through recently published books and recommend titles based on positive reviews, awards, inclusion on “best-of lists” and more. Here are some great LGBTQIA picks we added to the Core Collections databases in the last year, along with Lexile® Reading Measures when available.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
End-of-life fiction for the high school reader, this novel features gay Hispanic teens who start as strangers but share their last day on Earth together. In addition to a sweet love story, this novel includes a thorough exploration of how a new technology can radically alter the world we know. This science fiction element makes it a great recommendation for fans of the TV show Black Mirror. It received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. Lexile: 870.
Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
A Bildungsroman for the YA audience, Gentleman’s Guide received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Here you’ll find a young bisexual British lord on aGrand Tour abroad with his best friend. This hedonistic romp also includes thoughtful discussions about family politics and chronic illness. Historical fiction, youth romance, Lexile: 900.
Looking for Group by Rory Harrison
This YA road trip novel deals with issues of drug addiction, gaming and cancer. Because of the importance of a friendship made through playing video games, this may appeal to fans of Ready Player One. The book received a starred review from Kirkus.
Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America by Nathaniel Frank
Nonfiction for adults that won a starred review from Kirkus, Awakening tells the chronological story of this one facet of the gay rights movement.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
A middle-grade/YA memoir about life as a transgender teen in the public eye. Being Jazz was published in 2016, but if your budget didn’t allow you to purchase it then, now is a great time to add it to your collection. The book received a starred review from Booklist and is on the 2017 Rainbow List. Lexile: 1120.
My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
An adult manga with some teen appeal, My Brother’s Husband revolves around family relationships across cultures. Single dad Yaichi is surprised when his dead twin brother’s Canadian husband shows up on his family’s doorstep in Japan and is forced to confront his prejudices when daughter Kana promptly invites Mike to stay. Originally published in Japanese, this English edition received a starred review from Booklist.
Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter by Heath Fogg Davis
Nonfiction for adults, this book argues that modern society should no longer assume that gender roles matter in customs and policies. The book received starred reviews from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
This YA novel thrusts its romantic asexual protagonist into the spotlight when her web series suddenly goes viral. It combines elements of Anna Karenina with internet fame and friendship drama to create a delightfully off-beat story. Booklist, Kirkus and School Library Journal gave it starred reviews.
Core Collections librarians are always looking out for you by culling through recently published books and endorsing only the best-of-the-best for library collections.
The librarians of Core Collections are committed to creating and maintaining collections that reflect the diversity of the human experience. We consider a multitude of factors when choosing a title for the Core Collections, such as the book’s critical consensus and its contribution to the breadth and depth of viewpoints present in the databases. We mitigate biases to the best of our ability by seeking multiple opinions on books and actively staying educated on issues of diversity and representation in publishing.
Founded in 1909 by H.W. Wilson Company, the Core Collections have been helping librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended books for more than 100 years. The six databases are updated weekly and contain more than 180,000 book recommendations selected by librarians for librarians.
Looking for related resources to help you build your library’s LGBTQIA collection? Check out our LGBT Life with Full Text database and our EBSCO Audiobooks: AudioFile Presents LGBTQ+ Collection.
Maria Hugger, MLIS, started managing collection development databases for EBSCO in 2014 and is currently reading the graphic novel Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
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