Teaching kids to celebrate diversity, and appreciating it is a top priority in the global landscape. However, the way you impart lessons in an age-appropriate way certainly has its impact. There are beautiful children’s books with characters that your child can easily relate to. Here is a list of top multicultural books for children featuring different races, ethnicities, gender identities and religions.
The Colors of Us
This is a beautiful book written by Karn Katz about diversity, The Colors of Us. It is about Lena, a little girl wishing to make a self-portrait by giving her brown skin paint. When Lena walks with her mother through the neighbourhood, she observes different brown skin shades and views her familiar world in new ways. This author wrote this book for Lena, her daughter, who was adopted from Guatemala. This book is appropriate for 4 to 8-year-old students.
The Skin You Live In
This book, ‘The Skin You live in’ is an excellent pick for children, written by Michael Tyler. It is suitable for children in the age group of 4 to 6 years. It tells about race and is a rhyming book revealing different skin colours. It reinforces the message that a person’s character matters and not the appearance of someone. It is an ideal book that can be read aloud; the illustrations are coloured brightly and will keep the reader engaged.
Mommy, Mama, and Me; Daddy, Papa, and Me
‘Mommy, Mama, and Me’ and ‘Daddy, Papa, and Me’ are two books featuring two moms and dads. This is a classic book written by Lesléa Newman and is suitable for ages 3 to 7 years. The illustrations are charming, while the rhymes are gentle. It shows how a child with same-sex parents lives his life. These are great books for moms and dads, and kids also benefit from seeing a different family structure. It is an appropriate book for children in the ages 3 to 7 years.
Pink Is for Boys
Walking into the clothing section of a store, it is apparent that the girls and boys department in any retailer is kept separate. In truth, boys love pink, and girls love tools and trucks. Pink is for Boys is a beautiful picture book for ages between 4 to 7 years written by Robb Pearlman. This book empowers kids and includes characters in different genders, races, and abilities that they help kids in learning about incredible colours found all over in the world.
Julián is a Mermaid
This is another fantastic children’s book revealing the identity of gender. The illustrations and the story about a little boy, Julian sets this book apart. Julian loves mermaids, and he concentrates on acceptance and self-expression. It is written by Jessica Love and is appropriate for 4 to 8-year-olds.
Families, Families, Families
This is one of the best books for children of ages 3 to 7 years by Suzanne Lang. It has a beautiful rhyming tone, bringing out different family combinations, thereby revealing diversity for preschoolers. The book portrays silly animals as ‘families’. The story takes families mentioning step-siblings, adoption, kids raised by grandparents and the book is full of animals in all sizes, shapes, and colours.