2012 Rainbow List

Here is the 2012 Rainbow List of GLBTQ books for children and teens has been announced by the Social Responsibilities Round Table and the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer Round Table of the American Library Association.

Here are the titles with the ones in bold reflecting their position in the top ten:


Beam, Cris. I Am J.

Belge, Kathy and Marke Bieschke. Queer: The Ultimate Guide for Teens.  

Belgue, Nancy. Soames on the Range.

Berman, Steve, editor. Speaking Out.


Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens.

Brezenoff, Steve. Brooklyn Burning.

Carr, Jennifer. Be Who You Are.


Cook, Trish, and Brendan Halpin. Notes from the Blender.

Cooper, Michelle. The FitzOsbornes in Exile.

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories.

Donley, Jan. The Side Door.


Farrey, Brian. With or Without You.

Goode, Laura. Sister Mischief.

Hopkins, Ellen. Perfect.

It Gets Better. Dan Savage and Terry Miller, ed.


Lo, Malinda. Huntress.

Lynch, Jane. Happy Accidents.

Mournian, Tomas. Hidden.

Myracle, Lauren. Shine.


Newman, Leslea. Donovan’s Big Day. Illustrated by Mike Dutton.

Pasfield, Scott. Gay in America: portraits.

Peters, Julie Ann. She Loves You, She Loves You Not.


Reardon, Robin. The Evolution of Ethan Poe.

Reardon, Robin. A Question of Manhood.

Ryan, Patrick. Gemini Bites.

Sanchez, Alex. Boyfriends with Girlfriends.


Takako, Shimura. Wandering Son, Volume 1. Translated by Matt Thorn.

Torres, Justin. We the Animals.

Welcome to Bordertown: new stories and poems of the borderlands. Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, ed.


Wilkinson, Lili. Pink.

Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy.

Zombies vs. Unicorns. Holly Black, ed.

Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett


Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

In the bleakness of winter when the town was all white from snow and black from chimney soot, Annabelle found a box that contained yarn of every color.  She knit herself a sweater and still had more yarn, so she knit a sweater for her dog too.  There was still yarn, so she started knitting sweaters for everyone or hats for those who didn’t want sweaters.  Still there was more yarn, so she knit sweaters for all of the animals around.  She still had not run out of yarn, so she started knitting for objects that don’t wear sweaters, covering houses and mail boxes with yarn.  That’s when Annabelle attracted the attention of a vain archduke who wanted the unending box of yarn for himself.  When she refused to sell it to him at any price, he stole it from her.  But we all know the rules about magic things, and soon the box was back in Annabelle’s hands.

This book is filled with magic and not just in the form of the unending yarn.  Barnett’s storyline is a combination of gentle storytelling and subtle humor.  It manages to be both fresh and also pay homage to traditional tales. 

Klassen’s art has the starkness of his previous book, I Want My Hat Back, but the brightness of the yarn adds an entirely new dimension.  It glows in all of its color and texture against the rest of the illustrations, bringing not only color but also a robust life into the images.  His use of digitally scanned textures to create the knit effect is ingenious. 

A delight of a picture book that references the traditional while creating something completely new and magical.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.