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Good Dream Dragon


by Jacky Davis and Courtney Dawson

"Good Dream Dragon comes to the rescue in easing a child’s bedtime fears in this magical story featuring a nonbinary child.  When a young child is afraid to go to sleep, they call on the Good Dream Dragon to help lead the way. Together, the pair race past comets as they travel through the night galaxy, making their way to the magical world of Dreamland.  This soothing bedtime story celebrates imagination as a way to help alleviate a child’s bedtime jitters. It is a gentle reminder to children that comfort is always within reach.  " -- publisher

Any Child



by Harry Woodgate

"Timmy is struggling with their inner cowardly lion in this picture book about friendship and overcoming anxiety. Timmy loves nothing more than performing, that is, until they have an audience. They live in the shadow of their inner cowardly lion who loves to come out and ROAR all their confidence away. As Timmy dreads the upcoming school play, they form a powerful friendship with their classmate Nia. Together, they work to overcome their shyness and tame the lion. But when it's time to take the stage, Timmy feels the familiar swoosh of the lion's tail. Will Timmy be able to calm their anxiety and put on a show-stopping performance?" -- publisher

Cross Group Incidental

ABC of Gender Identity


by Devika Dalal

"An A-Z of gender identities for kids age 5+ to help educate young readers on gender diversity. Gender identity is an important part of who we are, and how we express ourselves in the world. This bright and playful A - Z book is an introduction to 26 different genders, accompanying young readers as they explore and discover their authentic selves. With simple explanations, a helpful guide for adults by Dr. Michele Angello, and a quirky cast of illustrated characters, this is the perfect book for learning about gender diversity with children age 5+. An illustrated A-Z providing an age-appropriate introduction to 26 gender identities, from A for Agender to G for Gender Fluid and U for Ungender. The book also includes further resources for parents, with guidance on terminology and questions to aid discussion with children." -- publisher

Incidental Informational

Jacob’s School Play


by Ian Hoffman, Sarah Hoffman and Chris Case

"Jacob's School Play introduces readers to non-binary, gender-fluid people and the use of pronouns of their own choosing while all along reinforcing that an individual is much more layered and unique then how others may see him, her or them. Jacob—star of one of the most banned books of the decade according to the American Library Association—is back in his third book and ready to put on a school play! While learning their lines and making their costumes, Jacob’s class finds itself unexpectedly struggling with identity, and what it means to be “he,” “she,” or “they.” Jacob’s School Play is an engaging way to introduce young readers to non-binary people and the pronoun options available to us all. Learning that individuals are more nuanced than how others see them is a developmentally important milestone, and helps foster respect of one’s self and one’s peers. "Making space for everyone is no small task. Seeing one another, asking the right questions, and honoring how each person walks through the world is something learned, but not often enough taught... this is not a book about conflict or being accepted by others for who you are. It's about classmates each embracing that their experience is not the only experience and that every person fits beautifully into this world in their own way." -- publisher

Cross Group Incidental



by Heather Gale and Mika Song

"An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawai'i who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school. Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She's happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way. When Ho'onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho'onani has to try..."--

Beautiful Life Biography


In our ongoing efforts to inform your thinking about multicultural picture books and book selection, the Diverse BookFinder now provides author/illustrator interviews on select book pages. We hope this is helpful for our users!

Author/Illustrator Bios:

Chelsea Johnson, photo credit Rachael FerrisChelsea Johnson came to feminism as an undergraduate at Spelman College, where she was introduced to the concept of intersectionality through writers like Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California in 2019. Chelsea now works as a user experience researcher in the corporate world, using intersectionality to help designers and engineers create products with accessibility in mind.

LaToya CouncilLaToya Council was first introduced to the concept of intersectionality at Spelman College, which inspired her scholarship, activism, and vision for a more inclusive world. LaToya went on to earn her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research theorizes how race, class, and gender shape work and family life.

Choi C Headshot White GateCarolyn Choi is a California native born and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, Carolyn worked in community organizing and advocacy for local immigrant rights groups in Los Angeles, where she devoted her time to the issues facing migrant women and women of color. Carolyn later earned her M.S. in Sociology and Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is now completing her Ph.D. in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on youth, gender, education, and migration within the intra-Asian context.

How would you describe this book’s contribution to the multicultural picture book world?

We are proud that the characters in IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All represent many cultures, and that we show children heroines who are of color, poor, non-binary, and from the Global South.  At the same time, we believe that multicultural representation alone is not enough. IntersectionAllies contributes to the picture book world by moving beyond symbolic portrayals of diversity to instructive portrayals of intersectional activism. A focus on the latter gives young readers the tools to advocate for themselves and others in the real world. After all, Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality" to guide policymaking and social justice strategizing. Teaching children how to be allies with and for people from different backgrounds is our way of honoring Crenshaw’s intent to help communities “make room” for the most vulnerable among us.

What do you see as the mission of this book? Is it meeting its mission?

We wrote IntersectionAllies to be a bridge between academia and the general public. While most academic research is inaccessible without a university affiliation and loaded with difficult jargon, as scholars of color whose research projects rely on the generous participation of folks marginalized by race, class, gender, and citizenship status, we felt a moral imperative to make creative, relatable, and easily digestible versions of feminist thought. Writing for children is our way of pursuing that mission.

Conversations with readers suggest that we are meeting our goal. Youngsters and grandparents alike are using IntersectionAllies to unpack their personal experiences and observations with a more critical and empathic eye. We’ve met 10-year-olds who are enjoying a newfound pride in their bicultural experiences after reading about Gloria and Heejung, two 1.5 generation immigrant characters in our book. We’ve met readers who translate conversations for their caregivers who now have the concept of “language brokering” to discuss their responsibilities. We’ve also spoken with readers who can now see the connection between social structure (i.e., governments, family, religion, culture) and inequality because of IntersectionAllies. We will have truly realized our mission if our readers use these concepts to empower others.

Has this book (either through its creation or through its reading) changed how you see things? If so, how?

Creating IntersectionAllies taught us how to be better feminists. First, for us to envision the radically inclusive and affirming world we depict in the book, we had to revisit intersectionality’s originating Black feminist texts and explore transnational feminism, indigenous feminism, queer feminism, and third world feminism more deeply. During the revision stage, we also sought out feedback from every community represented in the book. The process of ensuring that each character rings true—from what they say to what they wear—helped us see beyond our personal experiences and expanded our perspectives.

Second, creating this book as a trio showed us what we stand to gain by writing beyond the "Ivory Tower." Scholarly research is typically done solo, so these last few years working as CLC Collective have been a welcome change. Working in sisterly partnership let us step outside of our individual disciplinary bubbles and explore one another’s theoretical worlds.

In sum, we learned that intersectional feminism at its best is collaborative—both in theory and in practice.

What should people know before reading this book? Or what might readers be curious about after reading this book?

We wrote IntersectionAllies for people who are just starting to become interested in things like feminism, social justice, activism, and allyship. We don’t assume any prior knowledge about these topics, and tried our best to give readers many resources to help them as they learn. The book opens with a foreword by Dr. Kimberlè Crenshaw, the scholar-activist who coined the term "intersectionality," to provide a bit of historical context behind the book. We also include a “Letter to Grown-Ups” by Professor Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, which offers practical support for teachers, parents, and other caregivers who read this book with children. Our hope is that readers will become curious about the scholarly research that inspired us to write IntersectionAllies. Interested folks can refer to our visual works cited at the end of the book, or visit CLC Collective’s website for a more complete reference list.

Are there any discussion questions, curriculum, videos, or other materials that would help readers engage with this book?

IntersectionAllies ends with detailed page-by-page discussion guide, meant to help readers unpack the themes behind each character vignette. The guide introduces and defines key concepts, like the difference between sex and gender and what it means to be an activist. Readers are invited to put their new knowledge to work by volunteering, considering their preferred personal pronoun(s), exploring their family migration histories, and researching a past or ongoing social movement.

The GayBCs


by M.L. Webb

"A playdate extravaganza transforms into a celebration of friendship, love, and identity as four friends sashay out of all the closets, dress up in a wardrobe fit for kings and queens, and discover the wonder of imagination. From A is for Ally to F is for Family to Q is for Queer, debut author/illustrator M. L. Webb’s bright illustrations and lively, inclusive poems delight in the beauty of embracing one’s truest self. A glossary in the back offers opportunity for further discussion of terms and identities. The GayBCs is perfect for fans of A Is for Activist and Feminist Baby—showing kids and adults alike that every identity is worthy of being celebrated." -- publisher


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