Day of Pink

Pink Shirt Day is February 22, 2017.
International Day of Pink is April 12, 2017.

Day of Pink celebrates diversity and invites schools and communities to take a stand against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia.

This Day of Pink pathfinder suggests great books available from school libraries, starting points for relevant information from the Virtual Library, and links to related websites.

In Your School Library

Consult your school’s Library Catalogue to find these great reads.

Picture Books: Diverse Families

All Families Are Special
All Families Are Special!
by Norma Simon
And Tango Makes Three
And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson

The Family Book
by Todd Parr
King & King
King & King
by Linda de Haan
King & King & FamilyKing & King & Family
by Linda de Haan
In Our Mothers' House
In Our Mothers’ House
by Patricia Polacco
Mom and Mum are Getting Married
Mom and Mum are Getting Married
by Ken Setterington
A Tale of Two Daddies
A Tale of Two Daddies
by Vanita Oelschlager
A Tale of Two Mommies
A Tale of Two Mommies
by Vanita Oelschlager

Picture Books: Gender Roles

Girls A-Z
Girls A-Z
by Eve Bunting
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
by Tomie dePaola
The Sissy Duckling
The Sissy Duckling
by Harvey Fierstein
What Mommies-Daddies Do Best
What Mommies Do Best; What Daddies Do Best
by Laura Numeroff
William's Doll
William’s Doll
by Charlotte Zolotow

Picture Books: Individuality

It's OK to be Different
It’s OK to be Different
by Todd Parr
Pink
Pink!
by Lynne Rickards

Top Fiction for Senior Elementary

Luna
Luna
by Julie Anne Peters
Ash
Ash
by Malinda Lo
Huntress
Huntress
by Malinda Lo
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
by Ellen Wittinger
Totally Joe
Totally Joe
by James Howe
The Misfits
The Misfits
by James Howe
Touching Snow
Touching Snow
by M. Sindy Felin
My Most Excellent Year
My Most Excellent Year
by Steve Kluger

Top Fiction for Secondary Schools

After River
After River
by Donna Milner
Ask The Passengers
Ask the Passengers
by A. S. King
Freaks and Revelations
Freaks and Revelations
by Davida Wills Hurwin
I am J
I am J
by Chris Beam
Pink - Wilkinson
Pink
by Lili Wilkinson
Scott Pilgrim
Scott Pilgrim Series
by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Shine
Shine
by Lauren Myracle
Way to Go
Way to Go
by Tom Ryan

Non-Fiction Titles

Let's Get This Straight
Let’s Get This Straight
by Tina Fakhrid-Deen
Questions & Answers: Gender Identity in Schools. Public Health Agency of Canada

Virtual Library Resources

Global Issues In ContextGale-OnlineResourcesSearch Global Issues in Context. Access it by visiting the Virtual Library – Secondary section, select the Gale Online Resources icon, and then select Global issues in Context. Use the following suggested search terms:

  • Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Rights
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Bullying
  • Gay Marriage
  • Same-Sex Marriage

Online Resources

Websites for Students

Websites for Educators