In a move to honor more LGBT books for youth, the American Library Association this year awarded its second Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature prize, announced this week at the ALA Mid Winter Meeting. While the ALA has long spotlighted young adult books of merit, with annual awards like the Printz (for excellence in YA literature) and the Coretta Scott King Award (for outstanding contributions by African American authors to YA and Children’s lit), this is the association’s first major award just for LGBT books for young people.
The winner, Almost Perfect, by Brian Katcher , is the story of Logan Witherspoon, a teenage boy who develops a crush on Sage Hendricks, the unusual new girl at school. When Sage reveals that she was born a boy, Logan becomes conflicted about his sexuality and other issues. Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Award committee chair Lisa Johnston described the writing as “sensitive, haunting and revelatory.” The award will be presented at the annual ALA conference this June.
What queer YA or children books are on your radar right now?