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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.

Start with Sorry

By P.T. Finch and Illustrated by Gokhan Bas

Three Year old Luna loves spending time with her older brother Asher. They do almost everything together. But when they sit down to draw pictures, Luna feels upset she can’t do everything Asher can and reacts in anger, hurting Asher’s feelings. With Mommy’s help, Luna learns to make amends for hurting her brother’s feelings.  

Pre-K or Lower

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Pre-K or Lower

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The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

Sooner or later, you will face a time when you walk into a room and find that nobody there is quite like you. There are lots of reasons you might feel different, whether it’s the way you look, the way you talk, where you’re from, or what you eat. It’s not easy to take those first steps when nobody knows you yet, but somehow you find the courage to do it. 

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

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Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You

By Rachel Brian

Readers will learn about boundaries and how to set them, ways to respect themselves and others, what to do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe, and much more. Along the way, they’ll be encouraged to reflect on (and improve!) their own behavior and to practice consent in their daily lives.

4th – 6th Grade

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Tight

By Torrey Maldonado

Lately Bryan’s been feeling it in all kinds of ways. He knows what’s tight for him in a good way—reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama’s hard to escape where he’s from, and that gets him wound up tight. And now Bryan’s new friend Mike is challenging him to have fun in ways that are crazy risky. At first, it’s a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never feels right acting wrong. So which way will he go when he understands that drama is so not his style? Fortunately his favorite comic heroes shed light on his dilemma, reminding him that he has power—the power to choose his friends and to stand up for what he believes is right. 

7th – 8th Grade

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The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.

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.

January is

A Month of New Beginnings

Start the year off right with any of the recommended GERI books. This is a time of new beginnings and books allow us to reflect on the positive changes we want to make in our lives. Let one of your resolutions for this New Year be to read more.

Happy New Year!

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