Children's books about gender and sexual diversity make up a large percentage of banned and challenged books in libraries and educational institutions across Canada and the USA.
Storytime events held by Drag Performers at libraries and in classrooms continue to encounter bans, challenges, discrimination and harassment.
This section of our guide showcases a sample of stories for kids that teach age-based context for learning about gender and sexual diversity. These stories are not only important to introduce kids to the concept of gender and sexual diversity but also to promote inclusive representation for kids from gender and sexually-diverse families.
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It's a Harper At Home storytime with the fabulous queens at Drag Queen Story Hour, and WORM LOVES WORM by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato. When a worm meets a special worm and falls in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn't matter. Because worm loves worm.
Mr. Bragg, and the students and staff of Emanuele Elementary read Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall. What do you do when you seem to be one thing, but you are something else entirely on the inside? That is the question at the heart of Red: A Crayon's Story.
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