Every child should be able to see themselves in a book. Our Rainbow Reading program allows our LGBT youth, their families and allies to do just that. With the support of librarians, administrators, classroom teachers and many non-profit organizations we donate books that can be read at school or at home.
For schools, we buy books chosen and approved by school districts. We know that books will sometimes not be returned but with the help of generous supporters we are able to replace them and maintain a presence in the school.
PFLAG Dayton also has an extensive library of books on display and ready to lend to interested chapter members or guests who attend the monthly chapter meetings. We have both fiction and non-fiction books which appeal to a wide range of persons and topics including families, self-awareness, parenting, transgender, African American, and more. These books, many award winning and all by respected authors, deal with current topics and often aren’t found in schools or non-profits as they may be a bit more “groundbreaking” than schools allow.
If you are interested in selecting titles for yourself or your own organization we have a great list of suggested books – most sorted by category – you can view by clicking here.
You can donate to Rainbow Reading. We have a wish list available at Amazon. You can choose the book or books you would like to donate and they will be sent directly to us. Our Rainbow Reading program has garnered national attention and was recognized by the American Library Assocation (ALA) at their annual convention on 2011. We appreciate your support!
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Additionally, we have compiled several excellent links to sites that provide lists, reviews, and guidance if you are interested in content or want more information about how to build your own PFLAG Rainbow Reading Program.
Rainbow lists – created by a separate wing of ALA – not the ALA Stonewall group
Harmony Ink exclusively publishes GLBT content for teens
From the San Francisco Kids Public Library website featuring titles for younger children
Welcoming Schools – A project of the Human Rights Campaign offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools
American Library Association link has young adults novels featuring characters who identify as either transgender or genderqueer or who are gender ambiguous—both in their identity struggles and their own romances.
Novels about love and friendship – for teens and adults by Alex Sanchez (http://www.alexsanchez.com/default.asp)