7 Fantastic Books to Teach Your Kids About Diversity
by: Bev Feldman
Reading books is one of the best ways to teach your children about diversity. Whether the stories include imagery of real people or use objects as a metaphor, these books are great stepping stones for starting conversations on a variety of topics.
by R.J. Palacio
Augie is a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity who faces some challenges when he enters a mainstream school due to his physical difference. Told from the perspective of multiple characters, this New York Times' #1 Best Seller teaches children about empathy, acceptance, and friendship.
With its bright, brilliant illustrations in the signature Todd Parr style, this picture book teaches children to celebrate their differences in a playful manner, whether it be their outward appearance, abilities, or how they express their emotions. Written in short sentences with language accessible for even the youngest readers, this book promotes understanding and acceptance for all types of people.
As C.J. and his grandmother take a bus ride through the city on the way to a soup kitchen, C.J. asks a series of questions that address a variety of concerns, from why some children have things he doesn't have to why a certain part of town isn't as nice. Through his grandmother's answers, this award-winning book helps children see the beauty in the world around us.
Street photographer and storyteller Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York fame created this book with portraits of children from his blog. Positive messages about the kids' different abilities are woven throughout the diverse images of real-life children who he has met through his work.
When Ganesh and his best friend, Little Mouse, are mocked when they enter an around-the-world race, Ganesh learns an important lesson about courage, strength, and friendship. Through this modern version of a classic Hindu story, Ganesh and the Little Mouse teaches children about standing up for yourself and important people in your life, even when others tease you.
A blue crayon is mistakenly labeled a red crayon. As much as his family and community try to help him, Red continues to identify as a blue crayon. Then one day, he makes a new friend, a berry-colored crayon, who helps Red see his true color. A story about overcoming self-doubt and staying true to yourself, Red teaches children about acceptance and can be read at many levels.
In a colorful celebration of the diversity around the world, children are taken on a visual trip around the globe to celebrate our similarities and differences. We are reminded, though, that no matter what kind of home we live in, the language we speak, or how we learn, at our core, we are the same. We all laugh and cry, we all bleed, we all love.