Many parents would like to know which books and resources are currently already in a school library or classroom.
Among the Books endorsed by the Welcoming Schools program you will find:
Jacob’s New Dress. Sarah and Ian Hoffman. (Pre-K – 2) Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants?
The Boy in the Dress. David Williams. (5 – 7) Dennis’s Dad is depressed since his Mom left and his brother is a bully. But at least he has soccer. Then he discovers he enjoys wearing a dress. Told with humor and respect.
Red: A Crayon's Story. Michael Hall. (Pre-K – 1) A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis. Almost everyone tries to “help” him be red until a friend offers a new perspective. He’s blue! About finding the courage to be true to your inner self. This can be read on multiple levels.
I am Jazz. Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. (K – 5) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. Based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings.
See the full list of Children’s Books the Human Rights Campaign is using to develop LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools at http://www.welcomingschools.org/resources/books/lgbtq-inclusive-schools/ Topics included in the books discuss gender fluidity and the concept of having an "identity crisis" to children as young as 5 years old. We encourage you to visit your child's classroom and school library to see if these books are in use. Let us know what you find by completing our survey.
Make sure you visit WelcomingSchools.org to learn what the program is all about.