Books are amazing because no matter where you are, they can take you anywhere. They offer perspectives and experiences that you might not normally get to experience in your lifetime. Having the ability to glimpse into someone else’s story can play a huge role in your ability to have an open and accepting mind and heart. Children’s books are no different. They offer a look into different lives and experiences in a way that creates the ability to have open discussions with your children about diversity.
Our country is multi-cultural. That means it’s vital to offer your kids the opportunity to see different realities outside of their own. Children’s books on diversity allow your young child the opportunity to understand important concepts early on. It is a great way to open the door for honest discussions on differences, privilege, respect, empathy, and more. When it comes to finding your child books that highlight and celebrate diversity, there are many amazing titles to choose from. These are just a few.
Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
This children’s book revolves around a little girl named Lena. Lena paints a self-portrait of herself using brown paint. On a later walk around her neighborhood, she notices the many different shades of brown found in her own neighborhood, and how we are all different and unique. This book is best for ages 4-8.
The Skin You Live in by Michael Tyler
This children’s book is not only beautifully illustrated, but it also packs an important message. It is a rhyming book that is ideal for reading aloud with your little one. This book reinforces the important message that the person within is what matters most. It is best for ages 4-6.
It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
This funny children’s book is another great choice in highlighting the diversity of people you encounter each day, no matter how big or little that difference may be. It includes a wide variety of characters with different traits from braces, glasses, to wheelchairs and cultural differences. This book truly celebrates the different aspects that make us all unique. This is an excellent choice for ages 3-6.
Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang
Talk about an adorable book! This is a combination of families depicted as silly animals. It is a celebration of family, no matter in what form. This book highlights all forms of family, including adoption, stepsiblings, kids raised by grandparents, and so much more! The overall theme is that if you love one another, you’re family. This book is great from ages 3-7.
Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes collected by Elizabeth Hammill
Many of us fondly remember growing up with nursery rhymes. This collection is fantastic because it includes 150 rhymes from 23 different countries. It is also illustrated by 76 different artists. If you’re looking for diversity in your reading, this collection is a must-have. It demonstrates the similarities and differences in folk songs, stories, and rhymes across the globe and is ideal for ages 3-7.
When it comes to finding children’s books that celebrate diversity, there are numerous amazing choices. Understanding our complex world doesn’t have to be difficult, and the earlier the immersion into the mixing bowl we live in globally, the better. Your children will love learning to not only embrace what makes themselves unique but also embrace what makes others so unique and special as well.