Who Are You? is just one of the many great resources for kids on gender. Here is a simple lesson plan to go with the book. You’ll find recommendations below for other books and activities that can lay the foundation or be used alongside Who Are You?.
Laying the Foundation
These are some of our favorite resources for helping kids understand and celebrate diversity and individuality (click on the images for links to songs, video, lessons, and more!):
Once you have laid this foundation, there are some terrific lessons on stereotyping and the boxes that exist for boys and girls, now and in the past. Contact us for more detailed lessons, including activities and games like ‘Girls Like, Boys Like, Kids Like,’ Think Outside the Boxes, Media Sleuths, and Ally Building Role Plays. (Welcoming Schools and Gender Spectrum and Teaching Tolerance also have excellent resources.)
After You Read Who Are You?
Personal stories are a great way to help little people understand the diversity of experience. You may like to use The Gender Wheel alongside these stories, mapping different ways people experience gender. This is only a starting point–there are so many new stories being shared each day!
Here are three extensive book lists from Welcoming Schools, Gender Spectrum and Rainbow Day Camp and below are a few of our favorite books that explore gender diversity. Contact us for more detailed discussion questions.
Documentaries and Films
These documentaries and films and videos highlight some of the brave youth who are telling their stories. Here are a few of our favorite short videos (all under 8 minutes):
If you have time for short films, here are a few great options. A Place in the Middle is just 24 minutes and includes a free discussion guide. Tomgirl, I’m Just Anneke and Becoming Johanna are also under 30 minutes.
And here are a few full-length documentaries and films worth watching:
You might also like to share with your little ones the stories of young role models such as…
…and there are so many more!
More Teacher Resources!
And if you just can’t get enough, here is another terrific teacher resource: