Reading

Join us in our monthly live reading event with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

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Reading Events

Our goal is to gather books highlighting diversity and inclusion that we will read to young children to create a safe space for discussions about identity.

Once a month, we select a book related to a certain identity, such as race, gender, sexuality and family. After preparing questions, we visit K-2 classrooms to teach these children about the identity highlighted in the book.

Growing up, many people of diverse cultures and identities such as LGBTQ+ and people of color may not necessarily see themselves or people like them portrayed in books.

We believe that through reading and listening to books, young children will grow up to not only be more open-minded but accepting of their own identity.

Example Book Lineup

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin

by Tracy Newman

My Brother Charlie

by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Too Sticky!: Sensory Issues with Autism

by Jen Malia

Thank You Mr Falker

by Patricia Polacco

When Charley Met Emma

by Amy Webb

The Water Walker

by Joanne Robertson

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock

by Aslan Tudor

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The Train

by Jodie Callaghan

Rainbow Weaver

by Linda Elovitz Marshall

Everybody Bakes Bread

by Norah Dooley

Baba What Does My Name Mean

Baba What Does My Name Mean?

by Rifk Ebeid

Sitti's Secrets

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Illustrators Notebook

by Alexandra Penfold

P is for Palestine

by Tonya Bolden

Something Happened in Our Town

by Marianne Celano

Happy in Our Skin

by Fran Manushkin

"More More More," Said the Baby Board Book

by Vera B Williams

Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race

by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli

All the Colors We Are

by Katie Kissinger

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff

Who Are you?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity

by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

I am Jazz

by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Thunder Rose

by Jerdine Nolen

They She He Me: Free to Be!

by Maya Gonzalez and Matthew SG

Hair Love

by Matthew A Cherry

The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson

Imani's Moon

by Janay Brown-Wood

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

by John Steptoe

Firebird

by Misty Copeland

Testimonials

Classroom children

Overall, you both did a wonderful job and I’m so glad we were able to partner together on this lesson. If you ever need/want to collaborate on another community lesson please reach out!

Alison Hoffman

Gilman School

reading to children

I was so happy to work with you on getting your project in front of the girls and hope we can do it again. I loved the questions you posed to the girls and the book choice.

Lisa Teeling

Roland Park Country School

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