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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.

La Catrina: Emotions-Emociones

By Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

Inspired by one of the most recognized symbols of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this book introduces little ones to emotional expressions and their first English and Spanish words―and teaches them to recognize feelings like emocionado (excited), triste (sad), and confiado (confident).

Pre-K or Lower

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle

By by Isabel Quintero and Illustrated by Zeke Peña

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her Papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her Papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

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Harbor Me

By Jacqueline Woodson

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them—everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

4th – 6th Grade

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The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros

Told in a series of vignettes, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous. The House on Mango Street is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.

7th – 8th Grade

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The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista lives in Harlem, where she has just discovered slam poetry. She uses slam to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world, where she feels unheard and unable to hide. After growing new curves, Xiomara learns to let her fists do the talking — but she still feels like she has plenty to stay, and fills pages with poems. After Xiomara is invited to join the slam poetry club at her school, she’s afraid to join without her Mami finding out, but she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. 

9th Grade+

Feature Book

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 and Latinx Heritage Month

This September we honor the amazing contributions brought forward by members of our Hispanic and Latinx communities. Take this month to read stories that feature Latinx and Hispanic authors and characters.

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