Pride month isn’t the only month I love using pictures books to support tolerance and foster empathy. Check out some titles you can incorporate into your lessons, small groups, and even read with individuals.
The Boy With Pink Hair By Perez Hilton
You may know him from his infamous blog, but he’s also an another.
Use this to talk about finding your unique self, what it feels to have others look at you or be mean to you, and making a difference.
Check out the audio version: You can watch him read the book here.
Activity: Teaching Books have several activities to go with this book.
Red by Michael Hall
This is one of my all time favorites. Red, the main character and crayon, is trying really hard to live up to the label on his wrapper that says he is “red.” No matter what we does- he just can’t seem to color red and live up to the expectations those around him have.
This is great to talk about labels, stereotypes, finding your true self, and gender identity.
Activity: Grab this freebie that promotes class community from “The Class Couple.”
The Adventures of Honey and Leon by Alan Cumming
This book reminds me of the Secret Life of Pets, because it explores what the two adorable pups do when their parents (who are the author and illustrator) aren’t around.
This is a fun adorable book to introduce a family that has two dads.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
This adorable book introduces the idea of various family dynamics. “This illustrated children’s book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.” – Good Reads
Activity: Check out this lesson plan from Scholastic.
I am Jazz by Jessica Hertchel
You may be familiar with the TV show, based on the main character in this book. This book is great for discussing transgender issues, acceptance from all including family, and self acceptance. This true story is very powerful.
Activity: Here is a lesson plan from Welcoming Schools!
It’s Ok To Be Different by Todd Parr
Once again Todd Parr has created a book that is simple, vibrant, and powerful. This book is perfect for self esteem, acceptance, tolerance, and kindness lessons and discussions.
Activity: Here is a simple and powerful writing prompt from FirstInspired.
Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
This rhyming book tackles gender stereotypes related to the activities we do, toys we love, interests we have, and the clothe we wear. It’s great for all ages.
Activity: Grab my FREEBIE activity set here.
This book tackles bullying, tolerance/acceptance, self esteem, teasing, caring, kindness, and empathy.
Activity: The Imagination Library (started by the author herself) has a free activity sheet.