#ReadProud In June!

May 27, 2016

Thanks to my amazing friend Chase Night, I've come across Julia Ember her June #readproud challenge. The goal is to read LGBTQ books all month to celebrate Pride, and I'm totally on board! I'm hoping to not only read some new books and authors, but also find some books I can add to my middle school classroom library shelves.

Here's the full list of suggested reads, thanks to Julia's blog ... I'm not sure yet what I'll be reading, so I'm including the entire list here for you to look at!

WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5
 
Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 
BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A TRANSGENDER TEEN by Jazz Jennings (non-fiction)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)
BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold
THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson 
BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin (non-fiction) 
 
CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.
FOR REAL by Alexis Hall (over 18s!)
SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell (over 18s!)
FOXES by Suki Fleet 
INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune
CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux 
 
WEEK 2 — June 5-12 
 
Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE
THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)
THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie
DISSENTION by Stacey Berg
THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher
THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne 
THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman
 
Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger
GEORGE by Alex Gino
RED: A CRAYON'S STORY by Michael Hall
AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson 
HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman
ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva 
 

NOTE: I'm so excited about category B here ... I want to get every book on this list for my classroom for sure!

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 
 
Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR
ASH BY MALINDA LO 
IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan 
SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE
THE SUMMER PRINCE by Alaya Dawn Johnson
THE BATTLE FOR JERICHO by Gene Gant
TREASURE by Rebekah Weatherspoon 
 
Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 
OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR by Dahlia Adler 
ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden
LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley
AT HER FEET by Rebekah Weatherspoon (over 18s!) 
CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford
EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
 
WEEK 4 — June 19-26
 
Category A:  GAY YA
We Are the Ants by Shawn David Hutchinson 
JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert 
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli 
DAGGER by Steven dos Santos
BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
FJORD BLUE by Nina Rossing

NOTE: This category is another one I'm excited about, and while I already have Simon, I plan to get the rest for my classroom shelves as well!
 
Category B: WILDCARD 
Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it's LGBTQIA. I'd LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books. 


2 comments:

  1. How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune is a fun story about a seriously awkward, possibly autistic guy and an asexual stoner hipster. Plus, it's got that quirky, small town thing going.

    Blood and Clockwork by Katey Hawthorne is a steampunk-ish novella about an asexual guy who is exploring a dangerous clockwork and discovers a guy who's been magically transported there from our reality. There's danger and emotional attachment, and an open conversation between them about the one character's asexuality.

    The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins and So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon are both romances with bisexual characters.

    Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin is an excellent YA about an intersex boy. Fair warning- it opens with a rape.

    The Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz is a fun romcom in which one of the characters is transgender. It's book 5 in a series, but you should be able to read it as a one-off without problem.

    Wallflower by Heidi Belleau has a romance in it, but the emphasis is mostly on a character who is exploring their gender.

    Circle of Change by Laney Cairo is a NA pagan inspirational romance with a transgender hero.

    Luna by Julie Anne Peters is a YA told from the perspective of a teenage girl whose sibling is struggling to be her true self in an unaccepting family and school.

    Pearl by Kelly Rand is another story with a trans* character. It's short, but it packs quite a punch.

    I feel like there are some good books with bi and non-binary characters that I'm missing, but that's certainly enough for a start!

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