It is necessary to teach our children about diversity from an early age.
For a long time, children's books have standardized the heroes of children's stories. A black child was presented in an African tale, an Asian child in adventures in Asia, but it is essential to show too that diversity surrounds us. We must teach children to live with others and not alongside them. A large part of children's imaginations and their perception of the world around them depend on what they see or read. This is why it is important to enable all children to relate to positive and inspiring stories and to normalize diversity.
Here is a selection of some books:
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.
BILAL COOKS DAAL
Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.
NATSUMI’S SONG OF SUMMER
This sweet and gentle picture book celebrates summer in Japan, as one little girl shares her love for bugs with her cousin who is visiting from America.
LEILA IN SAFFRON
A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her grandmother’s house for their weekly family dinner, and finds parts of herself and her heritage in the family, friends, and art around her.
SALMA THE SYRIAN CHEF
Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama.
WHAT’S MY SUPERPOWER
Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special, and that her superpower was right in front of her all along.
JAYDEN’S IMPOSSIBLE GARDEN
Timeless and vibrant, this story highlights the beauty of intergenerational relationships and the power of imagination and perseverance in bringing the vision of a community garden to life.
ROCKET SAYS CLEAN UP!
Plucky science-lover Rocket returns in another inspiring picture book about getting a community to notice the world around them, and, in this book, to CLEAN UP! their shoreline.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
When a girl is asked where she’s from—where she’s really from—none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn’t give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one.
THE PASSOVER MOUSE
In this charming and witty Passover story about kindness, community, tradition, and forgiveness, a little mouse disrupts a town's preparations for the holiday when it steals a piece of leavened bread—or chometz—just as all the houses have been swept clean in time for the holiday.