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About Social Norms

The Gender Equity Reading Initiative works to prevent domestic and sexual violence by utilizing books and promoting healthy social norms that protect against violence.

All Are Welcome

By Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Ages 4-6

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The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Ages 7-8

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Afar

By Lelia Del Duca, Kit Seaton

Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light-years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a penchant for trouble, finds himself on the run after he’s caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl’s body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they’ve created on their planet and others.

Ages 9-13

Feature Book

The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Ages 14+

Feature Book

Resources from the

Parent Tool Kit

The Parent Tool Kit provides child-appropriate examples and education around consent. Tips for having difficult conservations with children and teens, and local resources for additional needs and concerns.

June is

Pride Month

June is Pride Month, when LGBT communities all over the world come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Browse our booklist to explore themes related to gender issues and sexuality.

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