How was Rainbow Crate formed?

We (Jamie and Danielle) met online on Tumblr in 2018 and bonded over our love of LGBT books and fandoms. 

In late 2019, frustrated with the lack of inclusion of queer books and characters in popular book boxes, we went on the hunt for an LGBT-focused book box. And couldn’t find one. 

So, we created one. Rainbow Crate is our dream, our baby brought to life from June 2020 and on. It has been a difficult journey, but we wouldn't take it back for the world. We love Rainbow Crate, and we vow every day to fill each month with the highest-quality useable goodies we can, and introduce you to queer books in all sorts of genres! There is a queer book out there everyone can appreciate, and we hope we help you find a new favorite!

Meet the Team!

co-owner

Jamie Lynn Lano
(they/she)
Co-Owner, Curator, Creative Director
Your ace demiro nonbinary lesbian creative 

Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle & Dreamer Trilogy (Maggie Stiefvater), The Darkness Outside Us (Eliot Schrefer), Piranesi (Susanna Clarke), Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant), The Wayward Children series (Seanan McGuire), The Wicker King (K. Ancrum)

“Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.” ― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

co-owner

Danielle Chambers
(she/her)
Co-Owner, Curator, Chief Communications Officer

Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson), and Wolfsong (TJ Klune), Shade (Mere Joyce), The Last Sun (K.D. Edwards), Techincally, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson)

"Why do I feel like this is a thing I should be getting," Kelly said. ― T.J. Klune, Wolfsong

spoiler card illustrator

Kate (Ace Artemis)
(she/her)
Official Spoiler Card Illustrator

Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), Witchmark (CL Polk), The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley), A Marvellous Light (Freya Marske)

“It wasn't that Henry was less of himself in English. He was less of himself out loud. His native language was thought.” ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King

fulfillment coordinator

Landice Anderson
(she/they)
Fulfillment Coordinator

Favorite Books: Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers), The Locked Tomb series (Tamsyn Muir), Firebreak (Nicole Kornher-Stace), Compass Rose (Anna Burke), Sea & Stars trilogy (SD Simper), The Outside (Ada Hoffman), Burning Roses (S.L. Huang)

We are all stardust and stories.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

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