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If you’re looking to add books to your family’s collection, consider these books about diversity for kids. They tell inspiring and significant moments in history in a way that is interesting and informative for kids.
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats: From the book description: “Universal in its appeal, this story beautifully depicts a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.”
A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara: From the book description: “A sassy and heartwarming board book to teach our children the alphabet of humane values.”
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Helen Oxenbury: This is a celebration of baby fingers and toes and all the children around the world that they belong to.
Hair Love, by Matthew Cherry: This book is not only about celebrating the beauty in a little girl’s hair but about the love between a father and daughter.
We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street), by Bobbi Kates: Sesame Street friends help kids understand we all are the same on the inside and that our differences make the world special.
I Am Enough, by Grace Byers: This book has such a positive message of loving and accepting who you are, no matter what. It’s also about accepting and respecting yourself and others.
The Youngest Marcher, by Cynthia Levinson: This book tells the story of a young civil-rights activist named Audrey Faye Hendricks.
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition, by Robert Coles: This tells the story of the first Black girl to attend a newly integrated school.
We March, by Shane W. Evans: This tells the story of the March on Washington in an accessible and engaging way for children.
Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o: Sulwe has skin the “color of midnight.” In a whimsicle way Nyong’o tells a story that aims to inspire readers to appreciate their unique beauty.
Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice, by Veronica Chambers: An inspiring collection of profiles of civil-rights activists.
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan: A girl and her mother are forced to leave their home in Mexico to work in Southern California labor camps.
Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni: A celebration of Rosa Parks and a moment that shaped history.