Picture books, at their best, validate children who feel different from the norm. For more typical kids, they provide a way to open conversations about others who may appear unusual or “weird.”.
While the majority of children’s books lack characters with a diversity of abilities, race, and gender identity, more and more wonderful (and wonderfully illustrated) stories include all kinds of diverse characters.
Teacher extraordinaire Ellie Rudolph, who used to work in my preschool, recently brought three of these books to my attention. Illustrating the struggles and triumphs of gender nonconforming children, they belong in the collection of every family that includes a child with a fluid gender identity or one that differs from their gender at birth. Equally as important, they belong on the shelves of families and schools with gender-typical children, where empathy and inclusion are valued.Read More