Jazz & Friends School Readings

Thank you for planning a reading in your school to support transgender and non-binary youth as part of HRC Foundation's Jazz and Friends School and Community Readings.

To help you plan the best lesson ever, HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools program will send you lesson plans and other resources to engage students in discussions about gender, identity and allyship.

Choose between these books to find the one that fits your community the best. Or, read all three!

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I Am Jazz. Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. (K – 5) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she was a girl even though others saw her as a boy. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. Based on the experiences of Jazz Jennings.  

Lesson Plan: I Am Jazz: Reading a Children’s Book to Help Understand Transgender Topics in Elementary School


Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love. (Pre-K – 2) While in the subway with his abuela, Julián sees three women spectacularly dressed up and wants to dress up just like them. But what will his abuela think? A story about the power of being seen and affirmed.

Lesson Plan: Julián Is a Mermaid: Understanding Gender Expression


They She He Me: Free to Be! Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez. (Pre-K – 3) Looks at pronouns and gender fluidity by featuring many smiling people with different skin colors and unique styles. Minimal text with the pictures. Includes a guide for adults for discussing with children.

Lesson Plan: They She He Me: Free to Be! Understanding Pronouns



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