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Back to school 2013-14!
1.) Resource: Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids
2.) "Meet Polkadot" book about a non-binary, trans kid to be published in December 2013
3.) Event: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - Spokane, WA - November 6
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1.) Resource: Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids
41 Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids
by Sarah Mirk, published in Bitch Magazine on September 3, 2013
tagged: genderqueer, transgender, YA.

Here is a great list of books for the start of the new school year!

"It can be hard to find books for kids that don't fall into annoying "boys' books" and "girls' books" categories and young adult books with positive, feminist perspectives. This summer, the Young Adult Library Services Association put together a list of 41 books with transgender and genderqueer characters. It was originally meant as a resource list of librarians, but I think it works pretty well for anyone looking for good books."

The books are broken into these categories:
  • Young adult novels with main and supporting characters who identify as transgender
  • Young adult novels with Genderqueer characters or characters who express gender ambiguity
  • Picture Books and stories for younger readers (not exhaustive)
  • Short story collections
  • Young adult novels that deal with gender in a nontraditional way
  • Manga/Graphic novels
Note: If you have time, read the 20+ comments too.

2.) "Meet Polkadot" book about a non-binary, trans kid to be published in December 2013e
One book not on the list in the article above (because it isn't to be published until December) is "Meet Polkadot" - the first book in The Polkadot Series by author/illustrator (and Safe Schools Coalition friend) Talcott Broadhead, DangerDot Publishing, Olympia, WA.

"Meet Polkadot" is an accessible introduction to the main character in the Polkadot series. Polkadot as well as Polkadot's big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, trans kid. While Gladiola learns how to engage with information that she "didn't know she didn't know," Norma Alicia provides Polkadot with a generous, additional perspective on how identities intersect and how allyship works.  The Polkadot series is liberation rather than inclusion focused.

"Meet Polkadot" ships in the 1st week of December, 2013.
You can pre-order now.
Books ordered now will come signed by author/illustrator Talcott Broadhead.

To order and for more information, see:
ISBN-10: 0989883604 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9898836-0-3.

Also read:
"Beyond Judy Blume: Q&A with Polkadot Author Talcott Broadhead"
A Bitch Magazine's Books post by Ashley McAllister on September 20, 2012. Here:

3.) Event: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - Spokane, WA - November 6
You Are Invited to
An Introduction to Welcoming Schools

Wednesday, November 6th, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Educational Service District Office 101,
4202 S. Regal St., Spokane, WA 99223

Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to embracing family diversity, avoiding gender role stereotyping and ending bullying. This one-day training is designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff and child serving agencies.

Training participants will be provided with:
  • An understanding of Washington's state requirements for anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying policies and procedures.
  • An increased understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and a safe learning environment.
  • Best practices for addressing bullying and building a positive school climate.
  • An overview of teacher training resources to bring back to your building.
  • An overview of classroom resources including vetted children's literature and curriculum related to family diversity and inclusion.
  • Opportunities to build skills in talking about gender identity and sexual orientation in age-appropriate ways.
  • Clock Hours will be provided for K-8 educators by OSPI.  It is strongly suggested that schools bring teams to this session, if at all possible.
Questions? E-mail Tracy Flynn at
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Sponsored by: Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Odyssey Youth Center, and NW PBIS Network.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact by email within 3 business days of this event date. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

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  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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