We have compiled a list of resources we use. This is not an exhaustive list, and it will be continually edited. Please check back often for additions.
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
A board book that shares steps for a more equitable world, introducing even the youngest readers to the concept and power of antiracism.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina & 13 artists
Written in tanka poems, this book depicts thirteen views of the everyday lives of black boys.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
A picture book that tells the story of a young indigenous girl who pledges to become a water protector when a snake threatens the earth’s water supply. This book provides the foundation for discussing environmental racism, as it was written in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
A picture book in which a young girl learns her family’s heritage. Her grandmother explains the meaning of her braided hair, brightly colored clothing, language, and more. She shares with her granddaughter what life was like a long time ago, when she was forced to live in a residential school.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates writes this book as a letter to his son to explore the reality of racial identity in the United States. Coates shares a series of anecdotes that illustrate how he learned his place in a world where black bodies are exploited, locked up, and murdered on a daily basis.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
In this book, Kendi guides readers through many facets of antiracism so they can understand its role in the systems around them. The book combines ethics, history, law, and science with the author’s personal narrative, ultimately providing readers with concrete steps to take to help form an equitable society.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Menakem writes about the damage caused by racism in the United States from a trauma and body-centered perspective. He details the intergenerational trauma that results from white supremacy, the effects of which are collectively experienced by Americans. Menakem then goes to detail the process of healing from these wounds, using neuroscience findings and somatic healing methods.
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
An award-winning book that examines the history of racism in the United States, using the life stories of five influential Americans as a guide. Kendi analyzes how racist ideas have justified discriminatory policies and racial inequities throughout the nation’s history. The book provides tools to expose racist thinking and take steps toward action.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
In this book, DiAngelo describes the problem of white fragility- the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged. This white fragility is characterized by emotions like anger, fear, and guilt, which effectively prevent meaningful dialogue about racism. DiAngelo then explains how we can engage white fragility to further racial equity.
Code Switch: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
In this podcast, the hosts explore a variety of conversations about race and how it influences every aspect of our society.
Nice White Parents: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/podcasts/nice-white-parents-serial.html
Nice White Parents is a five-part series about equitable schooling and how the good intentions of white parents sometimes get in the way of progress.
Dismantling Racism Works Workbook: https://www.dismantlingracism.org/
This website is a web-based version of a workbook designed for a Dismantling Racism workshop.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh: https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
This article provides concrete examples of how white privilege can manifest in our everyday lives. The author was the founder of The National SEED Project, which collaborates with communities, institutions, and schools to develop leaders who drive change toward social justice.
Disability Visibility: First Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong
This book is an anthology of stories written by disabled people, all with diverse identities. This book gives readers a glimpse into the complexity of disabled experiences, inviting them to think more about their own identities. It is a celebration and documentation of disability culture and the solidarity that exists within the community.
Disability Arts Online: https://disabilityarts.online/
The purpose of Disability Arts Online is to share disability arts and culture worldwide, providing a platform for all sorts of artists.
Disability Visibility Project: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/
This website collects the stories of disabled people from all different backgrounds, both through articles and podcasts. The DVP also provides spaces for disabled people to find solidarity and share their stories.
Sins Invalid: https://www.sinsinvalid.org/
Sins Invalid is disability justice performance project that centers themes of sexuality and disability, challenging oppressive narratives. Their website provides resources in a variety of forms for non-disabled and disabled people alike.
The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell
This book allows readers of all identities to learn more about LGBT+ terminology, including definitions, anecdotes, infographics, and more.
Queer Asterisk: https://queerasterisk.com/
Queer Asterisk is an organization in Boulder that provides queer-informed counseling services, educational trainings, and community programming.
SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado: https://splashnoco.org/resources/
Splash NoCo provides inclusive youth groups, special events, resources, and more for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org
The Trevor Project provides education, resources, and 24/7 crisis support for LGBTQ+ youth.
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
Snorton’s book details the lives of many black trans people whose stories have all but been erased from history. Snorton draws on a variety of archived materials to discuss how the racialization of gender provided foundations for understanding gender as mutable.
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni, illustrated by Tristan Jimerson
This is a short and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns.
Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne and Kathryn Gonzales
Trans+ is a guide for teens and young adults to help them navigate being trans+ in today’s world.
You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery by Dara Hoffman-Fox
This self-discovery book allows readers to gain more clarity about their gender through a step-by-step process.
Colorado Name Change Project: https://www.namechangeproject.org/
The Colorado Name Change Project provides information and forms on updating name and gender markers in Colorado.
Fort Collins Gender Inclusive Restrooms: https://www.facebook.com/FCgenderinclusiverestrooms/
This Facebook page includes a small directory of businesses in Fort Collins that have gender inclusive restrooms.
The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project: https://thegalap.org/
The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project provides a directory of nationwide providers who write free letters for trans people to access gender affirming medical interventions (surgery, HRT, etcetera).
National Center for Transgender Equality: https://transequality.org/
The National Center for Transgender Equality provides current news and general information related to transgender legal protections. The team at NCTE advocates for transgender rights nationwide.
A website that offers a space to practice using pronouns, including ey, fae, he, hir, hu, she, they, xe, and ze.
Resources on Personal Pronouns: https://www.mypronouns.org/
This website provides information on what personal pronouns are, how to use them, how to share them, and more.
Transgender & Nonbinary Resources: https://genderqueer.me/
This website contains a blog of lived experiences, community support, and overall resources for transgender and nonbinary folks.
Parents of Young Children (under 11 years old)
No Drama Discipline by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
This book provides a guide for parents to deal with tantrums, tension, and tears without causing a scene. The authors explain how to reach your child, redirecting emotions and turning meltdowns into a growth opportunity.
Parenting from the Inside Out by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Mary Hartzell
In Parenting from the Inside Out, the authors discuss how our childhood experiences shape the way we parent today. The book details neurobiology and attachment research findings, explaining how interpersonal relationships impact our brain’s development. It provides a guided approach to understanding our own life stories to help us foster resiliency in our children.
The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
In this book, the authors offer twelve strategies to contribute to your children’s healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. They explain the neuroscience behind children’s brains, detailing how emotions tend to overrule logic. By applying these concrete strategies to your parenting, you can help integrate your child’s brain and create growth.
Parents of Adolescents (11 and up)
Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel
Daniel Siegel uses interpersonal neurobiology to explain how the teenage brain works and how parents and teens can work together to navigate a tumultuous period of change and growth. He provides concrete exercises for teens to engage their “mindsight”, incorporating mindfulness techniques to teach inner reflection and meditation.
Parents of LGBTQIA Children
Human Rights Campaign: https://www.hrc.org/resources/resources-on-gender-expansive-children-and-youth
HRC advocates for a world strengthened by diversity, one where society and legislation treat all people equally, especially LGBTQ+ people and people with multiply oppressed identities. The resource list above is specifically related to the struggles of gender expansive youth and how to support them.
My Kid is Gay: https://www.mykidisgay.com/
This website contains useful resources for parents of LGBTQ+ kiddos, from parents’ personal vignettes to resources for supporting your child in their social circles.
PFLAG is one of the largest organizations for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and allies. PFLAG provides resources and hosts support groups for parents and families, with specific chapters in different areas of the United States.
Trans Families: https://transfamilies.org/
Trans Families is an organization that provides support for transgender people and their families. They run parent support groups (in English and Spanish), a trans youth leadership program, youth support groups, and more.
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
In this book, Duron writes about her experience as the mom of a gender creative son, using a genuine and humorous approach.
The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
This book guides families through the challenges of raising gender variant children across the United States. Using research, interviews, and professional experience, the authors discuss navigating school and social pressures, legal barriers, developmental milestones, medical options, and more.
The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney
This guidebook helps caregivers, parents, and professionals explore the unique challenges that come with raising a teenager who is transgender, gender-variant, or gender-fluid. It includes personal interviews, extensive research, and professional knowledge to address concerns relating to physical and emotional development, social and school pressures, medical options, and family communication.
This app provides meditation opportunities for teens and adults, focusing on mental fitness, relaxation, and sleep. The app also has relaxing music and sleep stories to aid in mindfulness.
MyLife Meditation: https://my.life/
This app provides meditation exercises for people of all ages, including exercises for anxiety, relaxation, sleep, and stress.
Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel
Daniel Siegel explains how the teenage brain works and how parents and teens can work together to navigate change and growth. He provides concrete exercises for teens to engage their “mindsight”, incorporating mindfulness techniques to teach inner reflection and meditation.
This document is a list of ideas that our practice has compiled to help teens cope with a variety of life stress.
Robbie’s Hope: https://robbies-hope.com/
Robbie’s Hope is a Colorado-based program that educates parents and teens about suicidality and organizes teens to aid in this education. Their website provides resources for depression and anxiety, stress management, and technology management.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
In this book, the author uses his three decades of experience with trauma to detail how trauma reshapes our bodies and brains, compromising our capacities for pleasure, trust, self-control, and engagement. He explores treatments for trauma that activate the brain’s neuroplasticity, from meditation to sports. This book explores how relationships have tremendous power to hurt and heal us, offering hope for our futures.
The Gifts of Imperfection and The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
This book guides readers to overcome our fears and self-consciousness to strengthen our connection with the world and believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and unconditional love. Brown explores how we can release our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embrace living authentically.
In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine
In this book, Levine draws on his clinical, scientific, and observational experience to explain how trauma is encoded in the body, brain, and psyche. The book is based on the idea that trauma is an injury that can be healed by engaging our capacity to self-regulate intense emotions and high states of arousal. Levine uses both a theoretical framework and case examples to blend together biology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy to show us how we can use our instincts to become and feel whole.
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine
This book offers a new perspective on trauma, viewing humans as unique, instinctual beings. It normalizes the symptoms of trauma and explores the steps needed to heal them. In this book, Levine gives the reader a series of body-based exercises to help heighten their awareness of trauma sensations.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/trauma/trauma-resource-center-websites.aspx
The NCSACW is a national resource center that provides information, consultation, and training to child welfare, dependency court and substance use treatment professionals to improve outcomes for children, parents, and families.
The National Traumatic Stress Network: https://www.nctsn.org/
The NCTSN’s mission is “to raise the standards of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States”. They provide education about trauma and resources for individuals, families, providers, and more.