Annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

Produced by the HRC Foundation

Affirm Transgender and Non-binary Youth

Jazz And Friends Save The Date

After a national anti-LGBTQ hate group bullied a young transgender girl in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, her community rallied behind her by hosting a community reading of "I Am Jazz" by transgender advocate Jazz Jennings.

Every year, in honor of the Mount Horeb community’s allyship, communities across the country join HRC's Welcoming Schools program for its annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.

Support transgender and non-binary youth by organizing a reading in your school or in your community at a local library, bookstore, place of worship or community center.

REGISTER by January 30th for a chance to receive a free Jazz & Friends book!

Click here to download the Jazz & Friends Organizing Toolkit with lesson prompts and community discussion guides for each book, planning checklist, and social media tips to help you to host a successful event.

Jazz & Friends Organizing Toolkit & Community Discussion Guides

Tips for organizing a reading in your community at a local library, bookstore, place of worship or community center. Plus one page discussion guides for each book.

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Welcoming Schools Resources for Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

Learn more about Welcoming Schools Professional Development trainings on developing gender and LGBTQ+ inclusive schools and find resources for answering children's questions about gender, lesson plans and book recommendations.

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Jazz Jennings Reads "I Am Jazz"

Watch Jazz read "I Am Jazz." Includes English or Spanish captions.

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Lesson Plan: CALVIN: Time To Be Me!

Calvin has always been a boy, even if the world sees him as a girl. He knows who he is in his heart and in his mind, but he hasn't yet told his family. Finally, he can wait no longer. [K - 2]

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Lesson Plan: I Am Jazz: Understanding Transgender Children

This picture book, I Am Jazz, based on the life of Jazz Jennings, can help start a conversation with students on what it means to be transgender. Listen to Jazz Jennings read I Am Jazz. [K - 5]

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Lesson Plan: Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.

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Lesson Plan: From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

In this beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. One thing's for sure: no matter what, their mother will love them. [K - 3]

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