I Love My Purse
When young Charlie is given a red purse by his grandmother, he decides to wear it to school, confusing his family, friends, and neighbours. Cheerful and confident, Charlie embraces his preference even as others around him question his decision and suggest he sticks to societal expectations. But Charlie loves his purse and glides through the pages of this story on his skateboard with it on. His positive spirit eventually inspires others to embrace their passions, making this feel-good picture book a compelling segue to classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity, personal identity and self-expression, or gender norms, roles, and expectations. In a primary classroom, the story’s positive message of acceptance is highlighted, encouraging students to reflect on what makes them happy and how they can express themselves regardless of what others may think or expect of them.