For Pride Month, our Reading Everywhere Program Director curated some great books for young kids about gender identity. Developing and understanding one's gender identity is an important part of all children's development, whether they are cisgender, gender fluid, or transgender. This article from Zero to Three about gender identity is a great resource for understanding how gender identity develops, how it differs from sexual orientation, and how adults can support all children to promote gender equality.
In this time of attacks on transgender and other LGBTQIA+ folks, we want to take a moment to reiterate the importance and urgency of talking about gender and sexual orientation with all children. Talking about people's lived experiences does not make them queer or trans, it allows simply allows space for everyone to feel seen and valued.
You can find all of the Oakland Literacy Coalition's book lists, as well as our full LGBTQIA+ affirming book list on our OLC Resources page.
For middle grade children, we also love this guide + book list Teaching and Engaging with LGBTQIA+ books to Middle Grade Readers from Harper Collins Children's Books. As they say, "Giving kids access to books about other LGBTQIA+ youth and adults in the past and present affirms that there have been always been other
people like them, and that there are a myriad of possible futures available for them."