Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) The classic picture book about the little girl who loves stories and shows us that we can be anything we want to be. My almost four year old son LOVES Frozen so much that Elsa is coming to his 4h birthday party. 20 Classic Children’s Books That Teach Valuable Lessons By Sheri Sankner. A friend recommended Dory Fantasmagory (there are four in the series) and my five year-old son and I LOVE them. I just bought Oliver Jeffers’ new book, Here We Are, for my daughter, who is due in November, and I can’t wait to share it with her. It has a lovely message about accepting kids’ different levels of “readiness” to embrace certain things. The book is word-less, except for the title, so I can imagine it working well in a bilingual environment. About a bear who knows he’s a bunny. All rights reserved. Through picture books, our children learn how to navigate social challenges, listen when a friend needs help, and maintain an inclusive and accepting attitude towards not just their peers, but all people everywhere. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. The Brand New Kid is a heartwarming story about tolerance and the need to give others a chance. Other Langs. A boy is a boy and a girl is a girl….nothing can change that fact. Recently, the boys have been really into a new-to-us book: Julián Is a Mermaid, the story of a little boy who wants to dress up like a sparkly mermaid. The story teaches its readers to accept others differences… and similarities. While we absolutely love books that help kids accept differences if you’re looking for even more books we love and recommend, be sure to take a look at our list of Best Preschool Books… I ordered them from Amazon. List at Mrs. D's Corner. Thankfully the committee pushed back and defended its choice! And re: the call for unconditional love – that’s exactly what I’m offering my child. Yes, these are about animals, but still the stories and the pictures are great. The message and the illustrations are so beautiful. The ending makes me all teary! As a very-extroverted mom of a very-introverted child, I always appreciate the gentle reminder in the book. I am the author of a children’s book about Ramadan (the holy month of Muslim fasting which happens this week!!) How do we get young children to accept differences? I may have just requested every one of these books (including those in the comments) from my library. This is a great book for embracing your physical abilities and promoting acceptance. Chalk, the Journey trilogy and Monsieur Hulot by David Merveille are all great. I work in an elementary classroom for kids with severe disabilities. Finally, I tried to stick to books that don’t just include a diverse cast, but actively teach about diversity and inclusion. We also love the books Same, Same, but Different and Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun! :) One small critique: I wish there had been a small summary of each book with this post. We got “Julian is a Mermaid” a couple of weeks ago from Stories in Brooklyn and love it so much! “If ever you go travelling asking for book suggestions for her students. I suppose they ban dancing too, Footloose-style…). What a brilliant suggestion. Great books! Some great Spanish language (and bilingual) titles: 4. Yes – I adore this book! Even some of the more self involved students I’ve taught have been able to show empathy and recognize how challenging life can be for some kids. Yes! One of my boys likes things like mermaids and princesses while the other two prefer things like trucks and star wars. We can talk to students about respecting each other’s differences until we’re blue in the face, but sometimes, it takes a good story for them to truly get the message. 5. It’s the story of a little girl who loves wearing costumes and has an adventure with penguins while getting ready for her birthday party. Be it the people that build houses, deliver babies, or take care of others… We love it. Children have no such qualms. I have a 5 yo transgender daughter & we’re really into the book Neither right now. If you’re looking for specifics, our favourites are: the elefante y cerdita series (mo Willems), Buscar and Pájaro Amarillo by Olga de Dios, Elverin, the Pepe y Mila series, Ardilla Miedosa, and when they were very small they loved the spanish versions of Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? Also: The Big Orange Splot by Pinkwater is on heavy rotation in our house. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress! Spanish. We love Not Quite Narwhal, it’s such a cute story and I’m a sucker for good illustrations! Before I watched the movie I had one of those entire sets of readalong Disney books and that was one of them. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Children’s books featuring characters of color and female heroines. by Debbi Hudak, Can Bears Ski? I never ceased to be amazed by the power of nostalgia to punch you in the gut when you least expect it <3. She really got the essence of what the transition meant to her Bobby. I am a mom of three boys. At one point towards the beginning Ferdinand’s mom is worried that he is lonely sitting under the treat all by himself so she suggests that he run and play with the other bulls. I don’t think my 1 year old will get any of it’s underlying message but I bet she’d love the book for it :). Junkyard Wonders! In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. My in-laws gave my son those 2 books when he was a toddler & he’s almost 8 now & still loves them. It’s published by a Brooklyn publisher called Rockpool Children’s Books. As for a chapter book, The MisAdventures of the Family Fletcher–which I’ve recommended before on this blog I think. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we compiled a list of children’s books that feature characters on the spectrum and tackle issues related to autism. The discussions we had about the book were really heart warming. We are expecting our son in August (!) Wondering if anyone has encountered this problem or has a great resource for nice Spanish language picture books. “Wonder, by R.J. Palacio and Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses.” —Laura F. “I second Wonder!” —Robin C. “Salina Yoon’s Be a Friend. Thank you for the other recommendations. Great story, fantastic illustrations! I’d recommend picture books with lots of words. So you can talk about that with them :), For acceptance: Sandra Boynton’s “But Not the Hippopotamus”, For skin color diversity: “Look at You! My seven-year-old twins are curious about limb differences and facial differences particularly and I would love to have some resources to explore the idea of how people are born with such different bodies but such similar wants and needs and interests. Thank you for sharing such important titles xx. I know my son will love this mermaid book! I’d also recommend @theconsciouskid. They figure it out best if we don’t judge or control, and just love them. He says he doesn’t want to, and then there’s a line about how, because his mom is a understanding mother, she realizes that he’s not lonely and is actually very happy sitting by himself under the tree. This book was selected for an Oregon statewide reading program for 3rd-5th graders next year. My gift to myself if that happens (there’s nothing I want more, and have for a while) would be to print all the posts – and comments – and make them into a book to keep and peruse (and lend!). Such a nice message for kids who are nervous, shy or have anxiety. These are the ways we support Cup of Jo, and allow us to run the site and engage with this community we truly love. I love love love Last Stop on Market Street. My friend just published a really wonderful children’s book called Jamie is Jamie. I think it is absolutely excellent! Check out the top childrens books about diversity as suggested by our helpliners! If you truly believe in inclusivity, perhaps you need to rethink your assumptions. We got started with the Princess in Black books, which are also great. and a “life-altering choice” — for example, a child knowing that they’re trans — is never something that happens in one day or from one book. If anyone is interested in chapter books, I would wholeheartedly recommend George by Alex Geno. We’ve rounded up 25 children’s books that celebrate various differences in ways children … Baby Happy Baby Sad/Bebè feliz bebè triste – Leslie Patricelli (she has a lot of bilingual and Spanish language titles) Oh! Thank you for reading. One main constant are the books that teach pre-school kids to accept differences. From the way a person looks, walks, talks and acts, they learn … These books will teach kids to accept the differences of others and understand the cultural diversity in the world. Here are 14 books that will soothe and comfort your child as together you navigate transitions in life. I’d have to add “Captain Starfish” to this list – it’s about a little boy who wants to dress up for a school event but is overcome by shyness. It’s about blue being bullied by a red. Thank you so much for this. Copyright © 2020. This will be a great book to read to her kindergarten class! As the main reader and English speaker, it’s hard for me to find good Spanish books. (The idea that some schools are trying to ban it… insane!! Would add to this list, “Jacob’s New Dress” and “I’m Jay Let’s Play” – both about diversity in gender expression. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers together to celebrate. I got this book recently and am in love with it. Jack & Jim by Kitty Crowther: 3. As a child I loved “Yo! Some will accept the change with uncertainty, while others will embrace the new sibling with glee! Socially competent children are more successful in life. My five-year-old absolutely loves the Kingdom of Wrenly series! It’s been a great way to discuss dyslexia challenges with our recently-diagnosed son. Family or social situations are an especially welcome topic. I’m all for for books that teach kid to be inclusive, but I’d rather my child not question his gender (or sexuality) right now. They have full color pictures and really short chapters, which make them a great first chapter book. ): My Story about Accepting … Ask what someone in the show did that made him or her a good friend or a bad friend. I was moved to tears reading it. Children’s Books … How to Navigate a Special Needs Encounter, ‘Ten Things I Always Tell Pregnant Women’, 21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Boys, One Thing That Has Surprised Me About Parenting, Motherhood Mondays: ‘I Had a Stillborn Baby.’, Five-Ingredient Dinner: Baked Salmon With “Everything” Broccoli, Where to Donate to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement. Hopefully, it well help him to be accepting the next time a girl in his class wants to dress up like a knight or a boy wants to play princess. Avoid right/wrong dichotomies. Really loved this post. Thanks for the recs! The illustrations are lovely, too! This is a bit off topic, but we are raising our 1.5 year old with both English and Spanish, and I have been having a hard time finding Spanish language children’s books that we love. Here are 15 more…. I follow @theconsciouskid on IG and FB and she’s been a godsend when it comes to discovering inclusive books by authors of #ourownvoices. Do you think questioning is what leads to identity? You’re welcome, Stella! This is great! Molly Lou Melon is very short, has buck teeth and her voice sounds like a “bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor”. Inside: A thoughtful collection of worry books for kids – fabulous for children managing worries and anxious thoughts. That’s a great site. Our public library also has an expansive Spanish picture book section. Thelma the Unicorn by Australian author Aaron Blabey. We love One by Kathryn Otoshi. https://www.amazon.com/Giraffes-Cant-Dance-Giles-Andreae/dp/0545392551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526402242&sr=8-1&keywords=giraffes+can%27t+dance. My son didn’t see anything beyond the idea of a boy wanting to wear a dress and that’s ok too. The author’s approach to explaining what deafness is like to the hearing is so well done. To facilitate conversations with your little ones about being generous, pick up one of these children’s books, which … I’ll never forget my horrible nickname, “Ellis Island”, which was used even up until seventh grade even though I came to the United States over the Pacific Ocean on a plane. My daughter is six year old and has Down Syndrome. Stories that showcase how to be a good friend are worth their weight in gold. these books are all about acceptance and understanding others, or feeling accepted/seen and getting a better sense of yourself — not changing people into something they aren’t. Growing up in a small town, I was one of two nonwhite students at my primary school and was teased relentlessly by my classmates because of how I looked, how my parents spoke, the food I brought for lunch, my “hard to pronounce” last name, and more. oh yes! First, we have to recognize that for many young children, "differences" are disconcerting. It’s published under the name “The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade” in Australia and the UK. My kids are in their early 20’s now and when they were little books like this were not available, so all they had was me reiterating “kindness matters” throughout situations in their young lives. Some conservative, rural school districts are chosing not to participate and put some pressure on the book selection committee (librarians, teachers and parents) to remove it. Along the same lines, I would add: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. It would be worth it to specifically consider representation on posts like this as you do on your blog generally. This is a brave post to write, as not everyone, feels this way, so I wanted to be sure to comment my appreciation of a post like this. And if you’d like more suggestions feel free to email me :). TIA! Highly recommend giving her accounts a follow. We are raising our kids bilingual too. Thanks for being willing to take the risk and talk about such important issues. Thank you for these. Bill Peet was a favorite for my kiddos. It would be lovely to have a feature books on immigrant characters (like Lailah!) i just gave a copy of Jabari Jumps to my friend who has a new baby! Not just in how we look, but what we like to do and play with. We just discovered Amazing Grace. The Weird Series. https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-About-Being-Yourself-Playing/dp/1631981390 Right now, we have Tren de Invierno and A que sabe la Luna? Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre – Juana Martinez-Neal The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman is one recommended by a librarian when my son was asking why his best friend didn’t have a daddy. just started following, thank you so much, megan! This book literally changed my gender non-conforming child’s life via his self-perception. Blankie/ Mantita – Leslie Patricelli It ties in social studies as well.” —Robin C. “Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler.” —Aubrey J. I love children’s books, so thanks for new suggestions. I also love books that embrace diversity. I thought you’d want to know. Call me old fashioned, but I would encourage you to really think about what unconditional love looks like. See more ideas about Childrens books, Books, Picture book. When I was teaching I used two of her books to celebrate the differences in learning styles. 10 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others. We talked about how people feel inside & how sometimes it doesn’t match the outside. One title is It’s Okay to Be Different.” —Farrah C. “The Name Jar is a good story.” —Ruthie L. “I Like Myself!, by Karen Beaumont.” —Kelly F. “How about Pink and Say? So reading books where the main character is a boy that likes mermaids is good reading for ALL of my boys. Would anyone have any suggestions for board books for toddlers that have diverse characters as well? See more ideas about books, picture book, childrens books. The Book Doctor recommends some fantastic, offbeat characters guaranteed to make a … Why wouldn’t you want your child to question his/her gender or sexuality right now? and I am so so over the moon excited to share my love of reading with him as he grows. Though there are no other foxes aboard, and not all of his questions get answered, Marco begins to realize that sometimes, finding new friends can be even more fulfilling than having all the answers. Yea for libraries! Sep 24, 2016 - Children's books about perfectionism and self-esteem; helping kids realize that they are exactly who they are meant to be, and that mistakes are part of life and necessary to learn and grow. I just started reading them to my four and five year old boys. they’re early chapter books – still lots of pictures, easy to follow, etc. They have enough black and white illustrations to keep the interest of a kid just getting used to chapter books without being the sole focus. Sylvester the Jester: A Book About Accepting Others (Building Christian Character) We recently checked out I Love My Purse by Belle DeMont from the library. It’s a very cute story about a snail that falls in love with a tape dispenser. <3. We successfully shared this film with our middle school parents on Justice Day last year. !” —Leslie A. November 30. Looking for children's books about diversity? FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES by Suzanne & Max Lang! Erica has book lists for every age, every topic, every interest! Not accepting others is a result of seeing the negative in them. etc. Emily wonders if having … asking for book suggestions for her students. This is such a great post and I so appreciate reading all of the additional recommended books in the comments. These posts are always so expensive, I can’t resist a good book. But in his book, he helps readers to realize that we’re all different from each other, and being different is awesome! What a great writer. “One” deals with bullying, and “Zero” focuses on self-acceptance. He will actually sit through an entire book some days. All of these are traditional publishers. Mango, Abuelo, y Yo – Meg Medina Ask the children to think about how a movie or TV show dealt with friendship. Ryland’s mother, Hillary, is a true mom/humanitarian/courageous warrior (dad is too!). Facebook Twitter Pinterest. This publishing house covers a wide range of genres, and for some it has created a different imprint. It reminded me a little of “The 100 Dresses” by Eleanor Estes, which I read and loved as a child, and promptly re-read after “Each Kindness”, https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0399246525/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526393237&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=each+kindness, https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0152052607/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526393355&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=the+100+dresses&dpPl=1&dpID=51D19adrnlL&ref=plSrch. A Baby Body Book” by Kathy Henderson (young toddlers) and the Fisher Price Little People flap books (older toddlers/preschool). (http://beyondthesnowyday.blogspot.com/2018/03/hello-goodbye-dog-by-maria-gianferrari.html) and Teddy’s Favorite Toy (https://beyondthesnowyday.blogspot.com/2018/05/teddys-favorite-toy-by-christian-trimmer.html). You’ll see EveryBody’s Different Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman is also great! I did want raise that 9/15 books feature white characters exclusively on the front. Written by an … Nails could be broken, wigs pulled off, someone could get knocked off her heels. Such a beautiful book, in every way. Spectacular. Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, https://www.amazon.com/Not-So-Different-Really-Disability/dp/1626727716. It highlights the gift of imagination and creativity and, I think, helps children understand that kids in their class don’t all operate the same. P.S. On the other hand, some kids grow up not seeing themselves or their family represented in any of the books they read or the TV shows and movies they watch. Children’s books are fantastic resources when talking to kids about the importance of giving. I love seeing El Deafo on this list! personally, from my experience/reading/discussions in the past, i would never ever think a book about a child questioning gender identity would lead to another child truly questioning his or her gender identity, unless those questions were already there. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading is a vital gateway to learning. Hey there— I’m super into the idea of this post and I’m sure a lot of the books are great. Adults were stopped at the door. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing more suggestions in the comments section! These accepting differences books are sure to help children see their, and others’, uniqueness as strength. And she has a new book out too, Harriet Gets Carried Away! I’m so happy that kids growing up now have resources like this to help them open their minds – and even more grateful that more and more children can see themselves, their families, and their feelings reflected in media. All kids worry at least some of the time, and some children struggle with anxious feelings on a regular basis. Finally, the number one stands up for blue and everyone learns a lesson about friendship. It’s not. I was so glad to see Mem Fox’s book at the number one spot. No one ever decided to be gay, or transgender because of a children’s book. Adding a sibling to the family can create all manner of responses in young children. Hi Ashley. I am a retired school nurse and support all these efforts as it is the only healthy approach to a life well lived in love and goodness. Even though a pre-K or kinder student may not be able to articulate it, they are often put off by differences. For instance, the suicide rate is high in that community, but that doesn’t necessarily correlate to bullying/discrimination. Children’s Books About Friendship are Perfect to Read With Children! It was recently available at my kids’ school book fair and it was the book I bought for me. You can find more children's book publishers that accept unagented writers here: Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts. Characters A robot. She writes a children’s book full of colorful illustrations and engaging characters to share an important message to kids. When the other animals laugh and scoff at him, Gerald leaves the dance feeling sad and alone, but on the way home, he meets a wise friend who suggests that maybe the problem is that Gerald just hasn’t found the right music to dance to. It was BRILLIANT for a 4 year old. We also love Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton, and Rabityness by Jo Empson. It seems like some of these books may be advocating for that type of thing, but maybe I’m just stingy and old-fashioned. Also Oliver jeffers’ lost and found. “The Story of Ruby Bridges.” —Jo Marie S. “I love Todd Parr books. More more more said the baby! That's why I'm loving these picture books about being yourself. I love this post – so excited to Christmas shop in May! This colorful picture book contains endearing examples and vibrant illustrations of people doing good to inspire children to be grateful, caring, and kind. These books offer great opportunities to spark discussion, and to support long-term anti-bias thinking. You can follow them on FB. They love them! Edie, do you think books cause children to change their gender identity? In Weird!, a girl learns to respect herself as she confronts the effects of being called Weird!.Dare! – for little kids it is often just about a dress (for now). We’re still finalizing our list, but we found We Need Diverse Books (https://diversebooks.org/) was a great resource. I think The Big Orange Splot should be required reading for all adults buying houses!!! On EveryBody Street I ended up donating a copy to my son’s 5th grade classroom. From the way a person looks, walks, talks and acts, they learn the differences that separate us. Books shelved as accepting-others-differences: Why Doesn’t Alicia Talk? He also wrote The Day the Crayons Quit, which was a go-to in my classroom when it came to teaching acceptance. How Did You Know You Were Ready to Have a Baby? SHARES . And, of course, love all of these book recommendations!! One of the employees at a children’s book store told me if she had one book she wanted all kids to read it was “One” by Kathryn Otoshi. HOLIDAY GIVEAWAYS FOR TEACHERS, Classroom Coding & Robotics … Everything You Need to Get Started, Protected: Classroom Talk-to-Text Project, 8 Ways to Pose Better Questions in Math Class, Join the WeAreTeachers Influencer Network. “Any ideas or suggestions?”. 16 Children’s Books That Foster Acceptance, https://tigerstripepub.com/q-saves-the-sun/, http://beyondthesnowyday.blogspot.com/2018/03/hello-goodbye-dog-by-maria-gianferrari.html, https://beyondthesnowyday.blogspot.com/2018/05/teddys-favorite-toy-by-christian-trimmer.html, https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/07/health/transgender-child-raising-ryland/index.html, https://cupofjo.com/2017/02/my-son-is-transgender/, https://www.amazon.com/Family-Book-Todd-Parr/dp/0316070408/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0316070408&pd_rd_r=7CJ73SW6V9K9H9MWAFGB&pd_rd_w=ws29e&pd_rd_wg=ax8ap&psc=1&refRID=7CJ73SW6V9K9H9MWAFGB, https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/50-chapter-books-for-preschoolers-and-3-year-olds/, https://www.amazon.com/George-Alex-Gino/dp/0545812577, https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-About-Being-Yourself-Playing/dp/1631981390, https://www.amazon.com/Lailahs-Lunchbox-Ramadan-Reem-Faruqi/dp/0884484319/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526070369&sr=8-1&keywords=lailah%27s+lunchbox. ) has any idea what his likes/dislikes mean for his gender/sexuality way of doing.... 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