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We watched this favourite video for older students:

Here are a couple favourite read alouds for Pink Day

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Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan‘s poem To This Day is published in this illustrated book and tells the painful autobiographical story of Shane’s childhood experiences with being bullied.

Checkout this youtube video:

Wonderful for launching discussions on bullying and inclusion with older students. Would also be great for beginning poetry, art or spoken word projects.

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Nous avons besoin de livres avec la diversité, comme les livres ici:


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When some of our French Immersion teachers asked me for a book they could read with their students that included same sex parents, I had to apologize. I had been looking for such a book for our library for quite awhile, but had found nothing. I promised to keep looking. Fortunately, I asked Evelyne from Chouette books to help and she found this one:


In this lovely story a teacher asks her students what they did during their holidays. When a boy named Martin says that he had a great holiday with his two dads, it sparks a grand discussion about diversity in families. Highly recommend as a read aloud, in the class library, in the school library, and for home.

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True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

Every class I have this with has been so touched by these amazing cross-species friendships, especially the long term ones and the ones where one species typically eats the other. Read about Ldinka the camel and her friend Pashka the Vietnamese miniature pig who live in a zoo in Siberia. My personal favourite pair is Muschi the black cat who for twelve years and counting has been living with Mauschen the Asiatic bear.

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Keats is small for his age, not particularly good at sports, is teases at school and is the only boy in his family that includes his three sisters. Keats is very happy when the Manny shows up to be their new male nanny.  Keats’ sister Lulu is not so thrilled and begins to collect evidence in a notebook she calls The Manny Files, so that she can present a convincing case that the Manny should be fired.

Another great read for intermediate kids.

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Steve Mulligan, as the anti homophobia consultant, buys amazing books for our libraries including these two:

Tutus Aren’t My Style by Linda Skeers

Emma is a tomboy and is surprised when her Uncle Leo sends her a pink ballet outfit in the mail. Trying to please her uncle and listening to advice about how ballerinas should perform, Emma tries to be graceful and fluttery with disastrous results. Eventually, she realizes she can be a ballerina her own way, in shorts with pockets and cowboy boots, stomping around and making a lot of noise.

Reading this book prompted an excellent discussion on gender stereotypes, fitting in, and being different.

The Only Boy in Ballet Class by Denise Gruska

Tucker loves to dance and he dances all day long but kids at school think he is weird and so he is often left out and teased.  After school, instead of going to football practice like all the other boys, Tucker goes to ballet, the only boy in his class. Uncle Frank thinks that Tucker should not be allowed to dance and that he should be playing football. One day Tucker and Uncle Frank are passing the football players who are desperately in need of another player, so they ask Tucker to play. To everyone’s surprise, Tucker’s beautiful dance moves also make him an excellent football player. The next day, Tucker is no longer the only boy in ballet class! I can’t wait to read this book with the same group.

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