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When I was a kid, I never saw characters in stories or books that looked like me. I never saw books with families that looked like my family. Now, as a mother with a new generation of kids, we've come such a long way. It's not perfect, but children's toys, tv shows, and books show so much more diversity then in years past. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite books that teach (and show) diversity to kids. Here are nine of my favorites… 

(left to right, top to bottom): The Skin You Live In, Goodnight Stories for Rebel GirlsI Like Myself, This is How We Do ItMommy, Mama, and MeThe Last Stop on Market StreetLove Family (a customizable book for multiracial families), Pepper Zhang, and Zero.

If there are any others you love, please share in the comments! 

21 comments

  1. Hi Joy! I’m katy, and I’m part of the team at Sayfty! I’m helping with the #rebelbooks campaign, and we would love for you to submit to it. We’re looking for books that empower girls or challenge gender stereotype to be submitted via social media under the hashtag #rebelbooks! The goal is to compile a list of books for teachers and parents to utilize. You can learn more at this link:http://sayfty.com/empower/rebelbooks/

  2. We like “Snowy Day” as the previous poster mentioned. When my daughter was two, she really enjoyed “Shades of People.” Older kids (3-7 years) might enjoy “Suki’s Kimono” and “The Name Jar.”

  3. We have ‘Goodnight stories for rebel girls’ for my three year old and she loves it! Love that books like these are more prevalent than when I was growing up!

  4. I also <3 "Last Stop on Market Street"! Children's books are close to my heart. I have been compiling a pinterest board of books that address themes of empathy, diverse perspectives, girls' empowerment https://www.pinterest.com/sharonmsn/books-against-hate/
    One of my favorites is “We’re All Wonders,” a picture book version of “Wonder,” about a boy who looks different because of a facial anomaly.

  5. still deleted?
    I also love “Last Stop On Market Street”
    Children’s books are close to my heart. I have been compiling a pinterest board of books that address themes of empathy, diverse perspectives, girls’ empowerment.
    https://www.pinterest.com/sharonmsn/books-against-hate/
    One of my favorites is “We’re All Wonders,” a picture book version of “Wonder,” about a boy who looks different because of a facial anomaly.

  6. The Liberty Porter series from Julia DeVillers is a great grade-school series featuring a smart, spunky African-American First Daughter.

  7. Hi Joy!!! My mom is Asian…Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino. We grew up with these books that I now read to our kids…The Five Chinese Brothers, Ping, Tiki Tiki Tembo. In high school when I was on the speech and debate team…I used Tiki Tiki Tembo as my storytelling piece. ?

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