June is National LGBT Pride Month. June was chosen to honor the Stonewall riots that took place in June of 1969 in Manhatten. In the 60s, homosexuality was not widely accepted. The Stonewall Inn was a “gay bar” where people could feel safe socializing without being subject to hate crimes (which they sometimes where anyways in transit to or from there). Police would raid these places and arrest everyone in an act of blatant disrespect. On June 28, 1969, when the police barged in, the people fought back. A month later, a protest march in the same area became the first gay pride parade.

This month, we will be posting multiple reviews of books for children and teens that feature homosexual characters. Please read these fantastic books and mix them into your readers’ advisory this summer to show children that everyone is accepted. Check the Rainbow List (part of ALA’s GLBT round table and the Stonewall Awards for more great books.

Reviews (will add as we go):

Five, Sex, Seven, Nate! by Time Federle

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

The Book of David by Anonymous