And Tango Makes Three is a powerful, gentle story of two male penguins who fall in love at the zoo and together nurture and parent another penguin couple's offspring from the time it's an egg. Based on a true story from the Central Park Zoo in New York City, it shows there are different kinds of families, using familiar images and concepts of love and tolerance, while weaving in the idea of adoption and how a community helps kids and families thrive. (Common Sense Media)
Be who you are!
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language.
Wear everything you need to be you.
Be Who You Are reminds children that their unique traits are what make them so special and encourages them to be proud of who they are inside and embrace all their unique qualities. (GoodReads)
One is an engaging story for very young children based on colors and numbers about “blue, a quiet color,” who gets bullied by “hot head red.” The other colors feel sorry for blue, but never stand up to red. Then “One” comes along. He tells the other colors that they count and encourages them to take a stand. They do, introducing readers to not just the power of “one” as the book’s title suggests, but more importantly to the strength of numbers and collective action. (Social Justice Books)
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey. (GoodReads)
Jazz seems like an ordinary girl. She loves pink, dancing, makeup, and even swimming with a mermaid tail. But she's far from typical: Jazz was born a boy, and her parents struggled to understand her until a doctor explained that she was transgender. From that point forward, her parents let her dress as a girl at home and in public, to grow her hair long, and to change her name to Jazz. She recounts how comfortable she felt after making that change. Jazz also shares some of the difficulties, such as convincing her school to let her use the girls' bathrooms and play on the girls' team, and dealing with teasing at school. (Common Sense Media)
When Mr. Plumbeans' house is splashed with bright orange paint, he decides a multi-colored house would be a nice change. This favorite story of creativity and individuality is back by popular demand. (GoodReads)