“SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education, and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations. We look forward to collaborating with school districts across BC, BC Principal’s and Vice-Principal’s Association, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association and BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by effecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.” www.sogieducation.org
Below are some of our more recently arrived resources. Click here for a comprehensive list of the top 73 additions to our growing collection.
The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya. (2016) A five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom. (2017) A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother’s enduring love. In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing’s for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same.
Willow and the Wedding by Denise Brennan-Nelson.(2017) Willow is back! This time she’s so excited to be flower girl for her favorite uncle and his boyfriend’s wedding. Willow just can’t wait to help make it perfect. The beach ceremony! The dinner! The dessert! The dancing! But there’s just one hiccup. Uncle Ash refuses to dance these days. A wedding with no dancing?! Willow makes it her mission to remind him of the joy he found in dancing years ago. On the evening of the wedding, Uncle Ash surprises them all and everyone dances in just the ways they were meant to.
Who Are You? The kid’s guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee (2016) Presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression and our identity. An interactive three-layered wheel included in the book is a simple, yet powerful, tool to clearly demonstrate the difference between our body, how we express ourselves through our clothes and hobbies, and our gender identity. Ideal for use in the classroom or at home.
Prince S. by Mikayla Spence (2016) – BC author. A book about understanding and acceptance.
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner (21013) Nate loves aliens and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision.
Love is You and Me by Monica Sheehan (2010) Helps us to remember that love— whether between a parent and child, best friends, or even a dog and a mouse—is the greatest gift of all.
This Day In June by Gayle Pitman ( 2014) is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding.
I’m a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail (2016) is celebration of being who we are and not being restricted by stereotypes. Most of all it is joyful and full of energy. Be yourself – there’s no one better!
Are you a Boy or are you a Girl? by Sarah Savage (2017) This brightly illustrated book will open a dialogue with children aged 3+ about gender diversity in a fun and creative way. Featuring a gender neutral protagonist, the book imparts an important message about identity and being who you want to be.