Our Beautiful World: Baby Books Celebrating Diversity

Promoting diversity and inclusion from an early age is important for fostering understanding and empathy in children.

Here are some baby books that introduce the concept of diversity:

  1. “Everywhere Babies” by Susan Meyers This book celebrates the diversity of babies and families, showing that no matter where babies come from or what they look like, they are all loved.
  2. “Global Babies” by The Global Fund for Children This board book features photographs of babies from around the world, showcasing the diversity of cultures, traditions, and appearances.
  3. “The Family Book” by Todd Parr Todd Parr’s colorful and simple illustrations introduce children to various types of families, emphasizing that all families are special and unique.
  4. “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox This book teaches children that, despite differences in appearance, location, or language, everyone shares common emotions and experiences.
  5. “Shades of People” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly Through vibrant photographs and simple text, this book explores the beautiful spectrum of human skin tones, celebrating the diversity within our communities.
  6. “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold This picture book promotes inclusivity and celebrates diversity by depicting a school where students from various backgrounds, cultures, and abilities are welcomed and valued.
  7. “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz The story follows a young girl as she discovers and appreciates the various shades of skin colours among her friends and family.
  8. “It’s Okay To Be Different” by Todd Parr Todd Parr’s book reassures children that it’s okay to be different and that our differences make us unique and special.
  9. “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers This book encourages children to embrace who they are, celebrate their differences, and recognize their inherent worth.
  10. “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña This award-winning book tells the story of a boy and his grandmother riding the bus through the city, highlighting the beauty of diversity and the importance of community.
  11. “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane Derolf Shane DeRolf’s deceptively simple poem celebrates the creation of harmony through diversity. In combination with Michael Letzig’s vibrant illustrations, young readers will understand that when we all work together, the results are much more colourful and interesting.
  12. “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors” (A Muslim Book of Concepts) by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini
  13. “Fiesta Babies” by Carmen Tafolla From piñatas to flower coronas, little ones are introduced to the many coloful aspects of an important and lively Latino cultural tradition.
  14. “Cradle Me”  by Debby Slier The rich Native American tradition of carrying babies safely, comfortably and close to their mothers in cradle boards endures to this day. Cradle Me celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies.

These books can serve as great tools to introduce diversity, tolerance, and acceptance to young children.


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