In our world today, we’re learning more and more to celebrate our differences.
Children’s books about diversity provide a great opportunity to teach your little one about the beauty of variety—as well as encouraging them to treasure the qualities that make them unique.
In this article 📝
- How do you explain diversity to a child?
- 16 children’s books about diversity
- How do I find a diverse children’s book?
Here, we’ve collected 16 of our favorite books about diversity to share with you. But first…
How do you explain diversity to a child?
Perhaps the best way to help your child begin to understand diversity is to introduce them to lots of different people and experiences.
But providing them with engaging children’s books about diversity is a great idea, too.
Through reading and being read to, kids can start to see through the eyes of people who are different from themselves while learning empathy at the same time.
Try a few of the books we’ve chosen below.
While the reading level varies, they all have vibrant illustrations that toddlers and young children will enjoy.
16 children’s books about diversity
- A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
The heartwarming tale of a bird in search of a mama to love him.
Really useful for helping kids to understand adoption.
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
When it comes to children’s books about family diversity, you can’t beat this one.
A sweet (and true) story about two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who raise a chick together.
- Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
A beautiful board book with pictures of babies being cared for in all different kinds of families, with rhyming text that children will love to hear at story-time.
One of the best diversity books for toddlers.
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
An empowering and lyrical illustrated book for girls of all ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.
- Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer
This colorful board book shows families enjoying spending time together.
They all look a little different—older parents, same-sex parents, multicultural families—but they all have one thing in common: love.
- Lovely by Jess Hong
A fun and quirky book featuring pictures with thought-provoking captions.
For example, a page of legs (yep, just legs) where someone with hairy legs wears stilettos (“Fancy”) and someone with a prosthetic leg is about to kick a soccer ball (“Sporty”).
We’re all different, but we’re all lovely.
- Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina by Monica Brown
This bilingual (English and Spanish) book tells the engaging story of Marisol, a Peruvian-Scottish-American girl who’s determined to go her own way in the world.
- Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
A delightful book about a little Muslim American girl who has fun playing with her mama’s headscarves.
- My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best
The uplifting story of Zulay, a young girl who isn’t going to let her blindness get in the way of her ambition to run a race on Field Day.
- Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
One for the unicorn fans!
The heartwarming tale of Kelp, who always thought he was a narwhal like everyone else in his family, but one day finds out that he’s really a unicorn.
Where does Kelp fit in now?
You and your child will love finding out.
- Over the Hill and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Elizabeth Hammill
Along with children’s books about cultural diversity, why not enjoy some that take inspiration from many different cultures?
It’s easy to do that with this beautifully illustrated collection of nursery rhymes from across the world.
- Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
A colorful and empowering book that tackles gender stereotypes, encouraging kids to do whatever they love to do.
- Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
If you’re looking for children’s books about different cultures coming together, try this one.
It’s the light-hearted story of a multicultural family (with a Jewish American dad and an Indian mama) celebrating Hanukkah.
- Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
A blue crayon is given a red label by mistake, and we join him on his journey towards discovering that he is, really, blue!
A great story about being true to your inner self, which also speaks into the experience of being transgender.
- We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates
This is one of those children’s books about diversity and inclusion that’s become a classic.
Let the Sesame Street gang teach your little one about how we’re all the same on the inside—but different and special on the outside.
- What Happened to You? by James Catchpole
A funny and thought-provoking story from the point of view of a young boy with a disability.
Really helpful for encouraging empathy in kids.
How do I find a diverse children’s book?
Check out your local library, visit bookshops, or ask other mamas on Peanut for recommendations.
There’s so much out there.
Happy reading! 📚
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