Social Justice Department

Below is a list of recommended books for Primary students.


Sissy Duckling, The (2002) Fierstein, Harvey

Elmer tries to do typical boy duck activities but just doesn’t fit in. Elmer is rejected and harassed by the other ducks, including his father. Elmer runs away but his ingenuity, bravery and loyalty earn him the respect and admiration of the rest of the community.


Rough, Tough Charley (2007) Kay, Verla

Stunning illustrations and poetic verse document the exciting true story of Charley Parkhurst, an orphan living in California in the mid-1800s who became a famous stagecoach driver, joined the Odd Fellow’s Club, voted in Presidential elections and was revealed, after death, to be a woman.


Pugdog (2001) U’Ren, Andrea

Mike believes his Pugdog is a boy until the vet tells him Pugdog is a girl. Mike then treats Pugdog in more feminine ways, until he discovers that he knows far less about sex and gender than he assumed.


The Princess Knight (2004) Funke, Cornelia

King Wilfred teaches Violetta how to be a knight along with her brothers, but when she comes of age, he holds a tournament and announces that the winner can marry her. Violetta secretly enters the contest, and by winning it wins her own independence.


Pink! (2009) Rickards, Lynne

Tired of rejection, Patrick the pink penguin tries unsuccessfully to live with the flamingos before he returns home to acceptance.


Oliver Button Is a Sissy (1999) dePaola, Tomie

His classmates’ taunts don’t stop Oliver from doing what he likes best. DePaola identifies this story as being his own. It’s a subtle, moving book about a child who is seen as being different.


My Princess Boy (2011) Kilodavis, Cheryl

This little boy loves the colour pink, and sparkly things.  Sometimes he wears dresses, and sometimes he wears jeans.  This is one mother’s story about unconditional love, and one remarkably family.


Not every Princess (2014) Bone, Lisa & Bone, Jeffrey

Not Every Princess takes readers on a journey that gently questions the rigid construction of gender roles and inspires readers to access their imaginations and challenge societal expectations.


Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress(2014) Christine Baldacchino

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.


Mommy, Mama, and Me (2009) Newman/Thompson

Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.


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