Our nation’s values are under attack. YAF recently exposed the leftist indoctrination hitting students as early as elementary school and preschool. Leftists are seeking to mold the minds of children to their harmful agenda as early as possible–by normalizing transgenderism, critical race theory, and emphasizing the value of feelings above rational thought.

With summer coming, the Left will be vigilant in ensuring increasingly detrimental resources are available in classrooms, so it’s time for conservatives to do our research. Here are six books to look out for in your child’s classroom next school year:

When Aidan Became a Brother

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl’s room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn’t fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children…and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

We Are Water Protectors

“Humans have been mistreating Mother Earth for millennia, and Indigenous Peoples have long acted as stewards of the planet, giving a voice to our silent home,” [Carole] Lindstrom writes in her afterword. “This is not just a Native American issue,” she reminds, “this is a humanitarian issue.” Author and artist press for action with a thoughtful final-page pledge waiting to be signed and dated: “I will do my best to honor Mother Earth and all its living beings, including the water and land.” This urges early awareness, inviting even the youngest readers–from all backgrounds–to be stewards of our shared planet. 

Pink is for Boys

Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. 

Julián Is a Mermaid

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? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

The founders of the United States declared that consent of the governed was a key part of their plan for the new nation. But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.

Sparkle Boy

Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, but he also loves things that sparkle, shimmer, and glitter. When his older sister, Jessie, shows off her new shimmery skirt, Casey wants to wear a shimmery skirt too. When Jessie comes home from a party with glittery nails, Casey wants glittery nails too. And when Abuelita visits wearing an armful of sparkly bracelets, Casey gets one to wear, just like Jessie. The adults in Casey’s life embrace his interests, but Jessie isn’t so sure. Boys aren’t supposed to wear sparkly, shimmery, glittery things. Then, when older boys at the library tease Casey for wearing “girl” things, Jessie realizes that Casey has the right to be himself and wear whatever he wants. Why can’t both she and Casey love all things shimmery, glittery, and sparkly? Here is a sweet, heartwarming story about acceptance, respect, and the freedom to be yourself in a world where any gender expression should be celebrated. Sparkly things are for everyone to enjoy!


Jaime Hahn is a program officer for student services at Young America’s Foundation.