One of the book challenges I’m most excited about for the Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge is “read a YA or MG book by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+”! Middle grade and YA books are more than diverse than ever (but we still have a ways to go), and while it’s great to see so many new books include LGBTQ+ characters of all ages, I’m excited that this challenge supports and highlights #ownvoices. And luckily for us, there are so many great books to choose from!
Before we dive in, I want to address why our YA list is going to be longer than the MG list. First off, YA authors tend to be a bit more visibly out in their public author lives than MG writers are. While every writer has their own personal and professional reasons for this, I highly encourage you to read Alex London’s article “Why I Came Out As a Gay Children’s Writer” to understand why being open about their sexuality can be difficult for some MG writers, and even detrimental to their careers (like I said, we’ve still got a ways to go!). In compiling this list, I don’t assume that because an author wrote a book in which a significant character is gay, they must also be gay. Therefore, the writers here are those who are publicly out, or those whom I know personally and have obtained their permission to include their names in this list. If I have missed anyone or overlooked them, it’s probably because I’m not aware that they identify as LGBTQ+, but if they’re out in their public lives, feel free to let us know in the comments!
Amy Rose Capetta (full disclosure: Amy Rose is a friend!)
10 Things I Can See From Here (out February 28th)
…plus other titles!
Cori McCarthy (full disclosure, Cori is a friend!)
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (out soon)
…and many others!
Marion Dane Bauer
Which books are you most excited to read?
(Note: Marion Dane Bauer was originally classified as MG author, some of her titles can be considered YA/MG crossovers.)