Social Justice Department

Below is a list of recommended books for Primary students.


Introducing Teddy : a gentle story about gender and friendship(2016) Walton, Jess

A gentle Story about gender and friendship


In Our Mothers’ House (2009) Polacco, Partricia

Here is a story of a wonderfully unique family, living by its own rules, and held together by a very special love.


I am Jazz (2014) Jessica Herthal and Jessica Walton

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.


A Fire Engine for Ruthie (2004) Newman, Leslea

Ruthie loves to visit Nana, but they don’t always like to play with the same things. Nana loves dolls and dress-up, while Ruthie likes engines, motorcycles and trains. Nana’s neighbour Brian gets to play with them, so why not Ruthie?


Different Dragon, The (2006) Bryan, Jennifer

Boy with two moms befriends dragon who is also different and convinces him that there are lots of ways to be a dragon besides being fierce.


Daddy ,Papa, and Me (2009) Newman/Thompson

Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. 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


Boy Who Cried Fabulous, The (2007) Newman, Leslea

A rhyming tale endorsing exuberance, this book offers a refreshing, optimistic message about appreciating the little things in life.


Be Who You Are (2010) Carr, Jennifer

Nick has always known he is a girl inside. His parents support him, but other people are discouraging. Through this book he journeys towards becoming a girl.


Ballerino Nate (2006) Brubaker Bradley, Kimberly

Nate decides he wants to dance after attending a recital. Although his parents disagree, his brother’s words telling him that boys can’t be ballerinas worry Nate. While he loves his ballet class, he wonders why he is the only boy. His troubles disappear when he attends a professional performance and meets one of the male dancers.


Are You a Boy or a Girl? (2000) Pendleton Jiménez, Karleen.

When Kathleen was a girl other children would ask her “are you a boy or a girl?” In this book she uses pictures from her childhood, and her mother’s words of acceptance to bring home the message that girls can like ‘boyings,’ and boys can like ‘girl things,’ and that being who you are is what matters.


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