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Diverse Children's Books and Videos

Diverse Children's Books and Videos

Here's a list of children's books and videos, that educate and celebrate the differences in all of us:

 

diverse books

 

• It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr (Preschool-1 year)

• First Laugh, Welcome Baby! By Rose Ann Tahe

• Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (baby-3 years)

• Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Preschool-3 years)

• Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian (Preschool-3 years)

• And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (2-5 years)

• Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (baby-3 years)

• Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong (3-5 years)

• Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard (3-6 years)

• The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad(Preschool-3 years)

• Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Kostecki-Shaw (4-7)

• A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (4-7 years)

• Sulwe by Nyong’o Lupita (4-8)

• Just Ask, Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor (4-8 years)

• Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver (4-8 years)

• Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (8-12years)

 

Inclusive books - Characters from all types of backgrounds:

 

• It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr (Preschool-1 year)

• I Am Me by Tristan Towns

• Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison (8-12 years)

• Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison (Baby-3 years)

• Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison (Baby-3 years)

• Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller (4-8 years), Characters are very diverse and inclusive, not explicitly about that, but nice to see all of the different kids getting along.

• Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Kostecki-Shaw (4-7). Penpals in US and India tell each other about their lives and they see that even though they live in different parts of the world, they do a lot of the same things.

 

Inclusive Families: Parents who look different:

 

• Life with My Family by Renee Hooker and Karl Jones (3-7 years)

• A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (4-7 years)

• Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman (Preschool-2 years)

• I am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown (4-8 years)

 

Black/African/African American:

 

• Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (4-8 years)

• I Am Enough by Grace Byers (4-8 years)

• Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (8-12 years)

• Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison (8-12 years)

• Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman (4-8 years)

• All Because You Matter by Tami Charles (Preschool-3 years)

• Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Preschool-3 years)

• I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont (4-8)

• Sulwe by Nyong’o Lupita (4-8): About colorism within the Black community, photo of Lupita on the back cover.

• New Kid by Jerry Craft (pre-teen, graphic novel/chapter book)

• Miami Jackson Sees It Through by Patricia McKissack (8-11, early chapter book)

• Brown Boy Joy by Dr. Thomshia Booker (3-7)

 

LatinX/Hispanic:

 

• Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (4-8 years)

• Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong (3-5 years)

• Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong (3-5 years)

• One is a Pinata by Roseanne Thong (3-5 years)

• The Day of the Dead by Bob Barner (2-5 years)

• Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Eric Velasquez (7-12, lots of words but also great pictures on every page). True story about an afro-Puerto Rican man who immigrated to the US from Puerto Rico and collected books created a library about the achievements of African people/descendants throughout the ages.

• Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonathiuh (4-12). True story about Sylvia Mendez’ family’s fight for desegregation in CA, family was Mexican.

• All around us by Xelena Gonzalez -  Gentle story that celebrates family, culture, community and the connectedness of all thing.

 

Asian American:

 

Eyes that Kiss the Corners by Joanna Ho

My Chinatown by Kam Mak

A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele

It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear

Measuring Up by Lily LeMotte

Red, White and People by Rajani LaRocca

While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown

A Thousand Letters  by Saadia Faruqi

The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy

 

Indigenous/Native American:

 

• Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard (3-6 years)

• We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (Preschool-1 year)

• The Pencil by Susan Avingaq. About an Inuit family who lives in an iglu.

• First Laugh, Welcome Baby! By Rose Ann Tahe. Story about a new baby and the significance of the first laugh in Navajo culture.

• Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk (1-3). Poem written for a baby about Inuit values and respect for the land, a good bedtime story.

 

Immigrants/Refugees:

 

• The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad(Preschool-3 years)

• Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration by Doyin Richards (3-5 years)

• Islandborn by Junot Diaz (5-8 years)

• Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (8-12years) (pre-teen, chapter book). About a girl who wears a hijab who moves from Syria to the US and is newly labeled “Middle Eastern”, and embraces her culture and grows into herself.

 

Disabilities:

 

• I Just Do It Differently by Donna Grinyer

• I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood (Preschool-3 years)

• Just Ask, Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor (4-8 years): Kids of many different ethnicities with medical and developmental differences.

• My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. Black author co-wrote with her son who has autism. Story about Black siblings, one of whom has autism.

 

Gender/Sexual Orientation Diversity:

 

• It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (5-8 years)

• Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (4-8 years)

• Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer (5-8 years)

• Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian (Preschool-3 years)

• And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (2-5 years)

 

Different Religions/Cultures:

 

• Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan (1-3, board book). Pictures of different “hats” that people of different faiths wear.

• The Diwali Gift by Shuchi Mehta (3-8). About Indian culture.

• Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (4-7). About two children who are penpals in the US and India.

 

Anti-bias/Activism:

 

• V is for Voting by Kate Farrell and Caitlin Kuhwald (3-6 years)

• A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (3-7 years)

• Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (baby-3 years)

• No! My First Book of Protest by Julie Merberg (baby-3 years)

• An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing (baby-5 years)

• Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne (baby-3 years)

 

Emotions:

 

• When You Can’t See Me Smile by Emily Alston : A book for children to help express and understand emotions, moods, and feelings while wearing a mask.

• Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver (4-8 years)

• Steps and Stones by Gail Silver (4-8 years)

• Peace, Bugs, and Understanding by Gail Silver (Preschool-3 years)

• My Magical Words by Becky Cummings”

 

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