Books and Curricula

We are often asked for lists of LGBT-inclusive books and other curricula for K-12 schools.  Thankfully, the number of LGBT kids’ books is ever growing.  Here are a few websites that keep track of new books as they come out:

The UW-Madison Cooperative Children’s Book Center

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center is a research arm of UW-Madison’s School of Education.  Their website has an extensive list of books on a variety of topics.  You can view books by category and by grade level here.

American Library Association

The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.  They publish annual book lists, which are archived here.

Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, created to help make elementary schools more gender- and LGBT-inclusive.  They have a list of books on their website here.

Welcoming Schools also has lesson plans that align with Common Core standards.  They can be found here.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Teaching Tolerance Magazine has long been a leader in providing lesson plans, activity, and other curricula on topics related to diversity.  You can search their website by topic or grade level here.

Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition of Washington State also lists a great number of lesson plans and activities on their website, divided by grade level.  You can view them here.


LGBT History Lessons

In 2008, GSAFE worked with local educators and historians to create classroom materials on LGBT history in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.  Read more and view those materials here.

If you know of another collection of LGBTQ+ books or lesson plans, let us know!

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“Without the knowledge, resources, and extra effort of GSAFE, I have no question that we would not have a Gay-Straight Alliance in our school.” – David Witte, Middle School Principal