Kaleidoscope Book Club for Educators


GLSEN Washington State is starting an intersectionality book club for educators called The Kaleidoscope Book Club. We will have groups for educators in K-12 schools with the books geared toward those student age groups. At the book club meetings, we will discuss the book and also how educators can bring that material into their classrooms or student clubs. We will select books by and/or about LGBTQ+ people-- focusing on representation of people of color and/or disabled people. At the meetings, we will have trained facilitators to lead the discussions and potentially guest speakers as well. 

We are excited to begin this project and hope you will register to join us!
The first 5 people to register will get a free book so sign up early! Clock hours are available as well.

Here is the schedule and registration links for the first 3 book club sessions:

Thursday Sep 22, 2022 4-5 pm: Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Book Summary: While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes--and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?


Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApdu6opz4uG9DHsGqvw-zSm-x0fifCEdxj 


Book Info: 

  • Suggested audience age: 4-8

  • Book is available as a book, ebook and audiobook from most public library systems in WA and Amazon. 

Thursday Oct 20, 2022 4-5pm: Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Book Summary: Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtceCorDIqEtd95DuoGGqeKXuvhiobvQ1g 

Book Info:

    • Suggested audience age: 8-12

    • Book is available as a book, ebook and audiobook from most public library systems in WA and Amazon.

Thursday Nov 17, 2022 4-5pm: This is Kind of An Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

Book Summary: Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life. Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtd-ypqzkiHdaSnM78-iIzyBhynKU3pWqX 

Book Info:

  • Suggested audience age:14-17

  • Book is available as a book, ebook and audiobook from most public library systems in WA and from Amazon.