2021 Inclusive Schools Read Nova Scotia
# of Students Registered as of Feb. 25:
On Friday, February 26 our 3rd Annual 'Inclusive Schools Read Nova Scotia' will take place across the province!
Choose from a selection of school-approved inclusion books! We support you with lesson plans + games + more!
We are proud that all books align with the curriculum and are age appropriate, reflecting the fair and equitable society we are trying to achieve in Nova Scotia. We pride our events on helping develop future citizenship, contribute to the quality and sustainability of our learning environments, communities, and society.
We'll be announcing our Virtual Live-Stream Event information in the New Year.
We read to give visibility, combat stigma and educate inclusively to support transgender and non-binary students everywhere. Visibility sparks inclusion. Visibility makes safer space for everyone.
Change the narrative -- Change lives!
Sign-up before February 26, 2021 to Host a FREE Community and School Reading and we'll send along Facilitators Kit and Resources PDF.
Community Partners and Ally Schools be posted here too!
In your home, your school, your library -- We've got the tools to help you host a successful and inspiring event.
CHOOSE from these these Gender Inclusive, Primary+ Approved Storybooks:
Schools will be reading throughout the day across the province. See our ally page here!
We look forward to sharing and making this a successful Nova Scotia Reads for all.
Simply Good Form Consultancy is excited to support our Nova Scotia allies, teachers, educators and families. This event is supported by local organizations and non-profits: Pflag Halifax, Lunenburg PRIDE and BriAnna Simons Therapeutic Services. Thank you!
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See our Community Partners and ally Schools.
It Feels Good To Be Yourself
A picture book introducing the concepts of gender identity to the youngest reader. And our pick for this year's read!
Some people are boys.
Some people are girls.
Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between.
This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Winner of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year!
Not Quite Narwhal
This heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.
Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns.
The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.
Hot off the press in Oct. 2020!
A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.
Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization: Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is...
With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, My Rainbow is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.
Julian is a Mermaid
In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love's author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.
Red: A Crayon's Story
A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in the picture book by Michael Hall, about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way.
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! ...This funny, heartwarming, colourful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz, written by HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings and author Jessica Herthel, is the first-person account about being transgender.
This beloved storybook is written with young listeners in mind, fostering understanding around transgender children and is suitable for every classroom.
Jennings was one of the first openly transgender children to talk publicly about her identity and the challenges she has faced as a transgender youth.
Gender Inclusive books like this one will help young children understand transgender and gender diverse youth and adults
SUPPORT FOR YOUR READING
Lesson Plans and Discussion Kit
Online Support and Training
PFLAG Volunteer Facilitation upon request - we'll be pleased to have one of our volunteers visit your reading, while slots available!
Don't have a copy of a book?
Connect with us about hosting a video viewing or
I AM Jazz read by Jazz Jennings or a
Drag Queen story time reading of Not Quite Narwhal or It Feels Good To Be Yourself