Making LGBT inclusivity a reality, school by school

what we do


Hope In A Box supports educators, librarians, and administrators primarily through book donations and curriculum assistance.

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Media is powerful: books, music, film, theater collectively shape kids’ attitudes about the world and their place within it.

Hope In A Box helps educators ensure that multimedia in their classrooms represent diverse backgrounds and identities. Study after study confirms that such diversity can have an extraordinary impact on the creativity, empathy, and self-confidence of all students—queer and straight.

Our support comes in two forms, available free of charge to public school educators, administrators, and librarians:

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1 Starter Box

Hope In A Box developed the definitive primer in LGBT English literature for Middle and High School students. This 50-book bibliography draws on dozens of college syllabi, national book award lists, and individual workshops with 40 university professors. Our list represents a range of time periods (Melville and Woolf to Lorde and Baldwin), formats (novels, non-fiction, poetry, scripts), and identities, all while ensuring relatability and accessibility to students age 12-18.

What's it best for?

Build out a school library to ensure diversity and inclusion
Provide books to individual students who might benefit from
Get ideas on book options to incorporate into curricula
Educate oneself on LGBT experiences

What's inside

50 books from our expert-designed bibliography
Full book list with summaries and suggested age ranges
Starter curricula for a subset of texts
Contact info for an inclusion coach to further discuss LGBT issues


2 Single-Copy Box

If you want to incorporate an LGBT-inclusive book into a lesson plan (from our Starter Box or elsewhere), we’ll help purchase books for the full classroom. Let us know how many copies you need and if you’d like supporting materials (for example, The Hours by Michael Cunningham was turned into an Academy Award-winning film. We’re happy to send a copy of the movie along with the books!).

What's it best for?

Incorporate a book into your curriculum
Increase exposure to LGBT identities beyond students who seek it out
Diversify the media through which students learn about LGBT identities

What's inside

Up to 30 print copies of your suggested book, or...
Up to 50 EBook copies of your suggested book
Accompanying materials based on the goals of your curriculum


The Book List

Want to check out the list before requesting your box? Looking for reading ideas? Download our expert-designed bibliography here. 

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