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About Social Norms

The Gender Equity Reading Initiative (GERI) works to prevent domestic and sexual violence using books that promote healthy social norms and protect their readers against violence.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

By Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Gerald the giraffe just wants to dance, but like all giraffes, he has crooked knees and thin legs. It’s hard for giraffes to dance! Thankfully, Gerald figures out how to dance his own way after hearing some encouragement from an unlikely friend.

Pre-K or Lower

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All Are Welcome

By Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

At this school, the group of children are different from each other, but everyone is welcome. Kids in patkas, hijabs, yarmulkes and baseball caps all play together. Follow along as the children learn from each other’s traditions and gather to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

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4th – 6th Grade

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4th – 6th Grade

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Afar

By Lelia Del Duca, Kit Seaton

Boetema, a fifteen-year-old girl, is suddenly capable of astral projecting in her dreams, inhabiting the bodies of people on distant planets. Her brother, Inotu, gets into trouble after eavesdropping on business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. After Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while possessing another girl’s body, she and Inotu must work together to solve the problems they created.

7th – 8th Grade

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is barely balancing moving between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and the fancy prep school she attends in the suburbs. After Starr witnesses the shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, that balance is lost entirely. Starr finds herself in the middle of the situation after Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Protesters take to the streets for Khalil, but cops and a local drug lord try to intimidate Starr while others call Khalil a thug. Starr is the only person who knows what really happened that night, but what she says could upend her community — or even endanger her life.

9th Grade+

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Resources from the

Parent Tool Kit

The Parent Tool Kit provides child-appropriate examples and education about consent. Find tips for having difficult conversations with kids and teens and local resources for other needs and concerns.

September is

Hispanic Heritage Month

September marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. We honor and celebrate the diversity and the many contributions given by Hispanic communities. Please enjoy one of our books featuring and centering Hispanic voices and culture.

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