2021 Rainbow Book List

Miss Meteor

The 2021 Rainbow Book List celebrates quality LGBTQIA+ books for readers from birth to age 18. The project is done by the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association. There were 600 eligible titles this year and 129 have been selected. Beautifully, the Rainbow Book List has two Top Ten lists this year, one for young readers and one for teens. Here are both Top Ten Lists:


Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass

The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith

Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Harding by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Josh Cochran

The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon, illustrated by Noah Grigni

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Violet Tobacco

My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink

Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh


All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Camp by L. C. Rosen

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwall

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham (9781250798350)

This picture book looks at what happened in 2020 when the pandemic hit. It turned bustling and busy neighborhoods into empty ones. Everyone stayed inside, everyone all over the world. Some people though continued to work, like police officers, doctors, grocery store workers and post office employees. Outside the squirrels and animals walked more freely in the empty streets. Inside everyone cooked, baked, played games and spent lots of time together. It all felt very different. Things kept on growing inside and out. Why did we all do it? It’s all about being different on the outside but just the same on the inside.

Pham has created a book that shows the best of us during the pandemic. It focuses on how people stayed inside and apart, how we made the best of it, and how nature continued on without us there. It shows how the brave essential workers carried on doing their vital jobs and celebrates the risks that they took. The ending of the book is sure to fill your heart too.

Pham’s art shows the wide diversity of people around the world who quarantined during the pandemic, showing different families as they stayed inside and entertained themselves with music, movies and more. Pham takes our warmth and connectivity and shows how we all made a difference during this difficult time.

A lovely and touching look at the pandemic’s impact on us all. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing.