Elementary Level

Title: In Our Mothers’ House

Author: Patricia Polacco

Level: Grades K-4

References: Sexual Orientation

Summary: Many of Patricia Polacco’s books are inspired by real life, as is this tale of a loving family. The story follows the evolution of this family with two mommies from the adoption of each of their children from different cultures to adulthood. Warmth exudes from their home, a place of family celebrations, treehouse raisings and block parties, and each of the generations in it. Intolerance for their untraditional family is experienced from one of the neighbours.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

big al Title: Big Al

Author: Andrew Clements ; [illustrations by] Yoshi

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Body Image

Summary: A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance–until the day his scary appearance saves them all from a fisherman’s net

“Big Al” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

jungle bullies Title: Jungle bullies

Author: Steven Kroll ; illustrated by Vincent Nguyen

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Physical Ability

Summary: To get what they want, the larger jungle animals bully the smaller ones until Mama Monkey shows them all the benefits of sharing.

“Jungle bullies” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

sister anne's hands Title: Sister Anne’s hands

Author: Marybeth Lorbiecki ; illustrated by K. Wendy Popp

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Race

Summary: Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960s when an African-American nun comes to teach at her parochial school.

“Sister Anne’s hands” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

what does peace feel like Title: What does peace feel like?

Author: V. Radunsky and children just like you from around the world

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Culture, Race

Summary: Simple text and illustrations portray what peace looks, sounds, tastes, feels, and smells like to children around the world.

“What does peace feel like?” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

ten birds Title: Ten Birds

Author: Cybele Young

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: All areas of Equity and Inclusivity

Summary: A clever counting book and fable unlike any other. Ten birds are trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. The bird they call “Brilliant” devises a pair of stilts. The bird they call “Highly Satisfactory” engineers a raft. One by one, nine resourceful birds make the crossing until a single bird is left behind – the one they call “Needs Improvement.” This bird’s solution proves surprising – and absurdly simple. More than a counting book, Ten Birds is a witty story that highlights ingenuity, common sense and the inadequacies of labels. Cyb le Young’s intricate chiaroscuro pen-and-ink drawings depict a rich alternative world that both children and adults will marvel over.

“Ten Birds” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Transition Title: Transition : the story of how I became a man

Author: Chaz Bono, with Billie Fitzpatrick

Suitable for: Grades 7-12

References: Sexual Orientation

Summary: Chaz Bono describes his forty-year struggle to get his physically female body to match his male gender identity, coming out in his twenties, and his efforts to promote and support the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

“Transition : the story of how I became a man” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

MINA’S SPRING OF COLORS Title: Mina’s Spring of Colors

Author: Rachna Gilmore

Level: Grades 4-7

References: Culture

Summary: Spring has come and it is time for Mina and her family to host their annual Holi party, an Indian celebration of colour and forgiveness.

In the spirit of the celebration, the family invites friends and neighbours of all nationalities to throw and spray brightly coloured powders at each other. This year will be different because Mina’s grandfather is living with them. Ashley, a new girl at school, makes fun of the old man’s accent.

Furious, but obliged to invite her, Mina and a friend concoct a special colour to throw at Ashley. When she hits her grandfather instead, Mina realizes her mistake. She returns to the celebration having learned a valuable lesson in tolerance and forgiveness.

Mina’s grandfather says to always “be aware,” and Mina learns she needs to be aware of her own feelings and actions: she has been intolerant of her grandfather too, although in a different way than Ashley.

An entertaining and well-told story about being open minded about different generations, cultures and attitudes.

“Mina’s Spring of Colors” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com