Congratulations to Brian Katcher, whose young adult novel Almost Perfect won the inaugural Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award from the American Library Association (ALA) last Monday. The award, which honors children's and young adult books "of exceptional merit" related to the LGBT experience, was announced at the ALA's annual Youth Media Awards, which also bestowed the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals.
Almost Perfect is the story of a boy in a small-town high school who falls for the new girl in town, only to discover she was born a biological male.
The ALA also announced four "honor books" in addition to the main award winner. They are: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan; Love Drugged, by James Klise; Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Willis Hurwin; and The Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams.
Kudos to all of the winners and to the ALA for instituting the award. Positive images for and about LGBTQ youth and the children of LGBTQ parents are sorely needed, and such recognition can only help.