November 23

Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families.
Also check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman
Here are a few of our favourites…
Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall K- 7 2015
Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
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Not Every Princess by Jeffrey and Lisa Bone 2014 (gender stereotypes) Primary
After listing activities that are stereotypically, but not always, attributed to princesses, fairies, pirates, superheroes, and more, this story encourages the reader to imagine what one could be, despite others’ expectations. Helps children imagine, play, envision and inspire themselves beyond the limited roles and expectations that gender stereotypes create. 
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The Boy Who Cried Fabulous by Leslea Newman 2007, (such a fun read aloud, still available)
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Roger, a quirky, enthusiastic boy, is fascinated by the world around him. On the way to school, the clothes in a shop window catch his eye and he stops to exclaim over everything in the “fabulous” store. When he arrives late, his teacher yells at him, admonishing him to go straight home at the end of the day. Roger tries to obey, but he finds more “fabulous” things to shout about and doesn’t get there until after dark. His parents are at a loss and end up sending him to bed and banning the word “fabulous” from the household. Roger wants to abide by their wishes, but during a family trip into town he is swept away by “a world too wondrous to ignore” and, in turn, leads the adults on a rollicking, adjective-filled journey through the streets until they come to understand and appreciate their “fabulous” son.
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Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Baker Shiffer, 2015
Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? It’s not that she doesn’t have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
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The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan, 2006 (Still available)
Author’s Note:
I wrote The Different Dragon more than ten years ago, when I longed to read my children bedtime stories that mirrored the reality of our playful, average two-mom family. At the time I was also beginning my work as a PreK-12 consultant, helping schools address issues of gender and sexuality. Early Elementary teachers use The Different Dragon to teach students about the joy of telling stories, the value of being true to oneself, and the problem with stereotypes— even of dragons. The Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) created a PreK-3rd grade lesson featuring Dragon that explores different kinds of families.
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Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, 2014, Primary
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 to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.
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Posted November 23, 2016 by acrosland in category Book Recommendations

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Anna Crosland Teacher-Librarian in B.C. Canada: MakerEd, Digital Creation with 1:1 iPads, 3D Printing, Social Emotional Learning, Mighty Girls and Women, Inclusiveness, Diversity and lots of Reading