Sharing picture books promotes understanding on Wear it Purple Day Friday 28 August 2020

Wear it Purple Day is about showing LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are. 

The Wear it Purple organisation strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. The day helps raise awareness about sexuality and gender diversity.  It is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTQ+ young people that they are seen and supported.

Last year over 750 schools, community organisations and universities held events across Australia, and through the activities of schools that recognise Wear it Purple Day, reached an estimated 600,000 young people, seeing the respect, acceptance and inclusion that surrounds them. 

Great books to share for families

Books provide a good starting place for discussions about LGBTQ+ people and families. Picture books that portray a diverse range of families and identities help children understand that all families are unique while also sharing common values, beliefs and traditions.

Books help promote understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ families and allow children who are LGBTQ+ to see themselves in positive stories and feel valued and important.

Here are some book titles you can share with your family on Wear it Purple day. Let us know your favourites in the comments.

  • ABC : A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
  • Jack not Jacqui by Erica Silverman
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
  • Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman
  • Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman
  • Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B Schiffer
  • Who’s Your Real Mum? By Bernadette Green



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