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Given the racial injustice and recent events in our country, parents are grappling with how to explain it to their children and ensure they raise children that not only love themselves, but love one another.
Teaching kids to celebrate diversity and inclusivity is always important, and now is a great opportunity to start if you haven’t yet done so. If you’re struggling to find a way to start the conversation with your little ones, books are an age appropriate way to go. Whether you’re looking for ways to explain skin color differences or just want to celebrate diversity, we pulled together a list of some of the top children’s books for preschoolers through age 8 to get you started.
Who better than Sesame Street to teach us that we may all look different on the outside—but it's important to remember that deep down, we are all very much alike. Elmo and his Sesame Street friends help teach toddlers and the adults in their lives that everyone is the same on the inside, and it's our differences that make this wonderful world, which is home to us all, an interesting—and special—place. Ages 4-8. ($4.88)
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters. Ages baby-3. ($6.59)
Emphasizing the rich diversity of America's neighborhoods, this simple portrait of a child's day provides a great introduction to the joy of language. Ages 3-5 ($6.99)
This New York Time Bestseller is a warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school. Ages 4-8 ($10.99)
In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Ages 5-6 ($10.89)
Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely! Ages 4-8. ($13.69)
Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people. Ages 4-8. ($10.25)
It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence. Ages 3-6. ($7.99)
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. Ages 4-7. ($9.97)
Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. Ages 4-8. ($14.24)
This New York Times Bestseller is a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. Ages 5-8. ($11.53)
This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. Ages 4-8. ($13.28)
Every day, everywhere, babies are born. They're kissed and dressed and rocked and fed--and completely adored by the families that love them. With an irresistible rhyming text and delightfully endearing illustrations, this board book is an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling, and, of course, very noisy babies doing all the wonderful things babies do best. Ages 2-3. ($6.89)
What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be. Ages 4-8. ($12.29)
In this acclaimed book, the author shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom. Ages 4-8. ($7.99)
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown. This New York Times Bestselling empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost. Ages 3-6. ($11.93)
Red: A Crayon's Story is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Age 4-8. ($11.98)
A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look. Age 4-8. ($5.99)
Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different! Age 4-8. ($24.99)
With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. This delightful picture book offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children. Ages 4-8. ($17.85)
This adorable book shares the messages that no matter your size, shape, or pedigree--if you love each other, you are a family!Moms, dads, sisters, brothers — and even Great Aunt Sue — appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Ages 3-7. ($14.12)
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