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My Mama is a Mechanic

Written & Illustrated by: Doug Cenko For ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, POC-Centric Narratives, Gender Stereotypes, Women in STEM.  Summary:  This book is absolutely adorable!  Our narrator is a young boy, describing all of the things his mother is.  Through the eyes…

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Jamie is Jamie

Written by: Afsaneh Moradian  Illustrated by: Maria Bogade For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Self-Expression, Gender Stereotypes, Identity, Friendship, Kindness, Self-Esteem. Summary: This book is absolutely adorable!  Jamie has just moved, and is starting a new school. When they get to school…

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When Aidan Became a Brother

Written by: Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by: Kaylani Juanita For ages: 4 years and up Language: English  Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Gender Identity, Family, LGBTQ Youth, Trans Experience, Gender Stereotypes, Growing Up, Pregnancy, Siblings, Social-Emotional Learning, Empathy. Summary: Since it’s Corrie’s birthday, she wanted to post a book…

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Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Written & Illustrated by: Keith Negley For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Gender, Gender Stereotypes, Toxic Masculinity, Friendship, Family, Tenderness, Sadness, Love.  Summary: This is an adorable book that helps to dispel myths that create toxic masculinity.  Focusing on “tough guys” like superheroes,…

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What Riley Wore

Written by: Elana K. Arnold Illustrated by: Linda Davick For ages: 2-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Gender Expression, Gender Neutral Pronouns, Family, Love, Acceptance, Fashion, Creativity, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary: Riley is a creative dresser, and often dresses based on how they feel!  Some outfits…

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Curriculum Review: “Choose Your Own Likes” Talking About Stereotypes

Hey all!  We got the opportunity this week to review some curriculum by Jamey Fisher Perkins, which is all about stereotypes! This month’s curriculum is part of her wider “Growing Towards Justice” curriculum set.  We were given a copy of…

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

Written & Illustrated by: Jen Wang For ages: Young Adults and up Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Expression, Growing Up, Love, Family, Acceptance, Friendship. Summary: Prince Sebastian doesn’t particularly want to get married, but his parents are desperate for him to find a mate.  All Sebastian…

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Sugar and Snails

Written by: Sarah Tsiang Illustrated by: Sonja Wimmer For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Stereotypes, Family, Love, Acceptance, Self-Expression. Summary: Our story opens at a kitchen table, where two young children are sitting with their grandfather.  He recites the old rhyme about what…

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Jacob’s New Dress

Written by: Sarah and Ian Hoffman Illustrated by: Chris Case For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Self-Expression, Acceptance, Individuality, Social-Emotional Learning, Family. Summary: Jacob loves to dress up in princess dresses, and does so in the Dramatic Play…

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William’s Doll

Written by: Charlotte Zolotow Illustrated by: William Pène Du Bois For Ages: 3-8 Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Stereotypes, Family, Acceptance. Summary: William wants a doll more than anything! He wants to practice being a father, holding and feeding and…

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