Welcoming Schools Book Lists: Top Recommendations for Addressing LGBTQ+ & Gender Topics, Racism and Intersectionality Through Reading

Produced by the HRC Foundation

One of the best ways for schools to create a welcoming environment for students and families is through children’s literature. Inclusive books provide students with both mirrors to affirm their own identities, and windows into lives that are different from theirs.

This compilation of Welcoming School booklists includes top recommendations for books on LGBTQ+ inclusion, diverse families, anti-racism, preventing bias-based bullying and supporting transgender and non-binary students. These books provide a great entry point for educators who want to foster inclusive and affirming classrooms for all students and their families.

  • Top Picture And Middle Grade Books for a Welcoming School
  • Understanding Racism: Pre-K - 8 Books That Explore and Challenge Race
  • Diverse Books With Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender-Expansive Children
  • Diverse LGBTQ+ Inclusive Picture and Middle Grade Books
  • Books on LGBTQ+ History For Kids


Top Recommended Books for a Welcoming School

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Books with BIPOC Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Expansive Characters

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