Welcoming Schools Book Lists: Top Recommendations of Diverse Books for a Welcoming School

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Check out Welcoming Schools top recommendations of diverse picture and middle grade books on bullying, race, families, LGBTQ, and transgender and non-binary children. Also, find recommendations for educators, parents and caregivers.

Top Picture Books for a Welcoming School

Our top recommendations for picture books on family diversity, bullying, bias and gender.

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Top Middle Grade Books for a Welcoming School

Our top recommendations for middle grade books on family diversity, bullying, bias and gender.

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Great Diverse LGBTQ+ Inclusive Picture and Middle Grade Books

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Great Diverse Children's Books with Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Expansive Children

Help students discuss and understand transgender, non-binary and gender expansive children.

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Understanding Racism: Pre-K - 8 Books That Explore and Challenge Race

Includes books on anti-Black racism, Black history, skin color and racism experienced by Asian, Indigenous peoples and Latinx people.

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Great Diverse Children's Books to Engage Students on Preventing Bullying and Bias

Most bullying is based on some kind of bias. These books will help you and your students work together to address bias and bullying.

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Great Children's Books that Embrace Family Diversity

Picture books and middle grade books that reflect diverse families providing both mirrors and windows for students.

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Great Diverse Children's Books that Challenge Gender Limits

Put-downs based on gender are one of the most common ways kids hurt each other with words. Discuss and challenge gender bias and stereotypes with your students.

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Books for Educators, Parents and Caregivers

Great Books to Help Adults Understand Transgender and Non-Binary Children

Books for families, teachers, counselors, psychologists and other school staff.

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Great Books for Educators and Parents/Guardian to Learn about: LGBTQ Topics, Transgender Children, Bullying and Equity

Find books on LGBTQ topics and schools, bullying, school climate, transgender children, diversity and equity.

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