Social Justice Department

Below is a list of recommended books for Primary students.


Drum Dream Girl (2015) Engle, Margarita

Book is based on the true story of a young girl who broke down barriers for female drummers in Cuba in the 1930s. Her father at first admonishes her, but he has a change of heart and eventually warmly supports her. Drum Dream Girl won the 2016 Pura Bulpre Illustrator Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s book best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.


Beautiful (2016) McAnulty, Stacy

Every girl is unique, talented, and lovable. . . .Every girl is BEAUTIFUL. Much more than how one looks on the outside, true beauty is found in conquering challenges, showing kindness, and spreading contagious laughter. Beautiful girls are empowered and smart and strong!


It’s Okay to Be Different (2001) Parr, Todd

Describe all kinds of differences that are ok such as its ok to be a different colour, its ok to need some help, its ok to be adopted, and its ok to have a different nose.


The Family Book (2003) Parr, Todd

Represents a variety of families, some big, some small, some with only one parent, and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.


William’s Doll (1972) Zolotow, Charlotte

William wants a doll but is told that makes him a creep and a sissy. His Dad buys him a basketball and a train set, but he still wants the doll. Finally his grandma buys him a doll which he can feed, care for and love.


When Leonard Lost His Spots: A Trans Parent Tail (2012) Costa, Monique

What happens when a beautiful lioness discovers she was born into the body of a male leopard? The family is shocked, the transition begins, and an amazing story unfolds.


When Kathy is Keith (2011) Wong, R. Wallace

A sensitive portrayal of a young girl who identifies as a boy.


Tough Boris (2001) Fox, Mem

Tough Boris is a pirate, and like all pirates is fierce and tough and mean, but when his parrot dies, he cries and cries. This is a book that celebrates the men can be tough, and strong and tender all at the same time.


The Boy who wanted to be a dancer (2007) Gambassi, Rod

When Bobby’s teacher asks her class what everyone wants to be when they grow up, Bobby is the only one who proudly announces he wants to be a dancer. His classmates don’t understand. They think dancing is just for girls.  It’s a surprise ending to a book about family, friendship and dance!


Stella Brings the Family (2015) Schiffer, Miriam

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl to with two daddies to do?


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