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LGBTQ Lit Resources

On this page you'll find the Young Adult award winners and finalists for major LGBTQ literary awards (the Stonewall Book Awards, the Lambda Literary Awards, and the Rainbow List); links are included to the awards' sites for complete listings and further information. 

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Stonewall Award

 

2017 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
 

2017 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

 

     

 

2016 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Kongsberg

2016 Stonewall Honor Book in Young Adult Literature:
Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

 

     

 

2015 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

 

2014 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

2014 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

 

 

2013 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

2013 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S. J. Adams

 

 

2012 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

2012 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
With or Without You by Brian Farrey

a + e 4ever by Ilike Meyer
Money Boy by Paul Yee

 

 

 

2011 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

2011 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
Love Drugged by James Klise


 

   

 

2010 Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award:
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick
Burd

2010 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature:
Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas
Sprout: Or, My Salad Days, When I Was Green in Judgement by Dale Peck

Lambda Literary Award Winners and Finalists

 

28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - Children's/Young Adult (2016)

 

 

 

Winner: 
George by Alex Gino

Finalists: 
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
​Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
The Marvels by Brian Selznick 
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Gay and Lesbian History for Kids by Jerome Pohlen

 

27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

Winner:
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

Finalists: 
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall
Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke
This is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

 

26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

Winners:
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Finalists:
Girls I've Run Away With by Rhiannon Argo
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Secret City by Julia Watts
The Secret Ingredient by Steward Lewis
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

 

25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2013)

 

 

 

Winner:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Finalists:
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills
​Every Day by David Levithan
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
​Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
​Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin


24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2012)

 

 

Winner:
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

Finalists:
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
Huntress by Malinda Lo
I am J by Cris Beam
Pink by Lili Wilkinson

23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2011)

 

   

 

Winner:
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

​Finalists:
​Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Love Drugged by James
Klise

22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards - LGBT Young Adult (2010)

 

 

Winner:
Sprout by Dale Peck

Finalists:
Ash by Malinda Lo
How Beautiful the Ordinary by Michael Cart
In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd


 








2017 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2017 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

 

 

 

 

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Root (Wrath & Athenaeum #1) by Na'amen Gobert-Tilahun
​And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga #1) by Keirsten White
How Many Letters are in Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
This Song is Not For You by Laura Nowlin

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


2016 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2016 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

 

 

   
       

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World by Jack Andraka with Michael Lysiak
​SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

2015 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2015 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet E. Cameron
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
​I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Secret City by Julia Watts
Sweet Tooth by Tim Anderson
We Are the Youth: Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth in the United States by Laurel Golio and Diana Scholl

2014 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2014 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

My New Gender Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity by Kate Bornstein
Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
The Culling by Steven Dos Santos
Leap by Z. Egloff
​If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Pantomime by Laura Lam

2013 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2013 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

 

 

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills
​The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves edited by Sara Moon
Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
​Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Chulito: A Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

2012 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2012 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

 

 

Huntress by Malinda Lo
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
I Am J by Cris Beam
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Shine by Lauren Myracle
She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan

2011 Rainbow List - Starred Titles

Below are starred Young Adult titles from the 2011 Rainbow List. To view the complete list, go HERE

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Kicked Out edited by Sassafras Lowrey
Don't Ask, Don't Tell by Jeff Sheng
​Gallup's Modern Guide to Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Life (15 book series) by various authors