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11 Books For Children About Diversity

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21st December 2021

Diversity takes many forms,–cultural, religious, economic, neuro, and more. Teaching children about diversity builds stronger connections in their brains, helps them to see different points of view and builds empathy.

When we teach diversity to children they gain a solid foundation of self-love and healthier relationships with others. Here is a list of timeless children’s books about how good being different can be!

Work-life Diversity

Mommy Goes to Work by Jossy Lee

Some children come from homes where both parents work, or only one. Some children see their parents work from home while others know their parents leave each day to their “office” of sorts. As the tides shift of work-life balance, now is an excellent time to open up the discussion about economic and work-life diversity.


Night Catch

Being on the other side of the world is hard for a soldier and his young son.  During his nights away, the father enlists the North Star to play catch with his son. Night Catch is a classic story about keeping emotionally close no matter the distance.


Family Diversity

Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer

Just like children, no two families are alike. Families can include single parents, gay couples, grandparents as guardians, and more. What we love about this book is the idea that it is not a “type” that makes a family but an emotion.

Thought Diversity

A Kids Book About Imagination By Levar Burton

We love this book because it asks fantastic “what if” inquiries that stretch children’s thinking. Just like kids, it emphasizes the importance of asking unusual questions. Imagination is called upon as a pathway to embrace thinking differently.

Ethnic Diversity

Stella’s Stellar Hair By Yesenia Moises

We love the metaphor that the uniqueness of hair is like is the differences in the universe. This book champions self-empowerment. showcases our solar system, and brilliantly depicts African diaspora hairstyles.

Shady Baby By Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

This book features a young baby-of-color protagonist who teaches kids to express and stand up for themselves. We love that this book also represents the dynamism of infants, an age group we feel often gets overlooked for their thought process.

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals her personal story to young readers for the first time! Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, has motivated young people worldwide to pursue their aspirations. But, growing up as a young Puerto Rican girl in the Bronx, what sparked her lifelong goals?

Gender Diversity

Clive and His Babies (All about Clive) by Jessica Spanyol

Most preschool teachers understand the importance of letting all children embrace dramatic play and role-play however they wish. But broadly speaking, we can do more to help every child feel free to express themselves without historically cultural stereotypes. In this book, Clive, a little boy, loves dolls and playing with them. His affection for things usually disassociated as “boy play” proves that love conquers all.

Age Diversity

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburn

This book works well in the age and cultural diversity segment. It’s a generational love story between and a child who emigrates from Tawain and her grandmother. We feel it is vital to reflect on people’s bonds and abilities regardless of their age differences.

Religious Diversity

Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi by Sigal Samuel 

Here is a beautiful story about Osnat, the first female rabbi born in Mosul 500 years ago! Among the timeless lessons in this book is the depth of influence a lifelong learner can have.


Ben and Emma’s Big Hit By Gavin Newsome

In this book, author Gavin Newsom, Governor of CA, shares his childhood experiences growing up with dyslexia. The story talks about how he overcame his dyslexia through baseball and persistence.

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