LGBT Book Drive

Being LGBT can be isolating. Whenever we see ourselves in others, even in the pages of a book, there’s hope that we aren’t alone.

I recently held a book drive for Basic Rights Oregon to provide them a library of new LGBT books that people who go to their offices can check out for a couple of weeks and return for other readers.

We raised over $320 to donate 47 books that included board books, picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade, young adult and adult titles- both fiction and non-fiction- featuring LGBT characters. The seventeen contributors (from Oregon, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania) were friends, strangers, writer, librarians- and all believed in the power of books to change lives!


Thank You’s
Allison C.
Andee Z.
Brian & Crissy C.
Bryn J.
Carly D.
Cat W.
Chad H.
Jean L.
Jennifer G.
Lauren O.
Meg R.
Peter H.
Robin A.
Sara R.
Tim F.

Books Donated

Adult Fiction
-Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
-The World According to Garp by John Irving
-Women by Chloe Caldwell

Adult Non-Fiction
-And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
-Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote
-Queer & Trans Artists of Color by Nia King
-The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
-Untangling the Knot by Carter Sickels
-Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Board Books
-And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
-Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman
-Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman

Graphic Novel
-Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Middle Reader Fiction
-Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
-Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

-Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
-For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco
-October Mourning by Leslea Newman
-Pop-Up Book of Death by Chad Helder
-The Vampire Bridegroom by Chad Helder

Picture Books
-A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
-A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
-And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
-Heather has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
-I Am Jazz by by Jessica Herthel
-I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
-In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
-Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
-Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
-Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
-Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz
-Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
-The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
-This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
-Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen

Young Adult Fiction
-Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
-Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
-Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
-Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
-None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
-The Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan
-Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
-Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan

Young Adult Non-Fiction
-Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
-GLBTQ by Kelly Huegel
-Stonewall by Ann Bausum

Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their kindness!


2 responses to “LGBT Book Drive

  1. Cheriee Weichel

    March 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This is a great list Earl. Here are a couple of other recommendations. Totally Joe by James Howe and Donovan’s Big Day.

  2. Allison

    March 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Earl I want to help! I can do $10. I’ll swing by and drop it off for you this coming week.


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