Want to teach your child the importance of diversity? Check out these children’s books about acceptance and embracing our unique traits.
Kids notice the slightest details about others. From the way a person looks, walks, talks and acts, they learn the differences that separate us. They also mention the obvious, even things that may be socially inappropriate.
But rather than see these traits as divisions, we should celebrate them instead, both in others and in ourselves. Answer with the truth when they ask about other people’s differences, speaking to their level.
For instance, if your child notices her classmate’s different-colored skin, don’t shush her. (That will make it seem like a bad thing, a taboo.) Instead, say, “I know, isn’t she beautiful?”
And sometimes it’s our own kids who are different. Maybe your child longs to fit in with her friends, but for whatever reason can’t seem to. Perhaps she isn’t into the same things as other kids her age and you wonder if that’s okay. Or she might even have different abilities that stand out from the crowd.
Reading children’s books about acceptance can help you discuss these issues on a level she can understand.
Looking After Louis illustrate a girl’s experience with meeting her autistic classmate. Giraffes Can’t Dance and Perfectly Norman introduce us to characters who don’t fit into their crowd. And Whoever You Are reminds us that, despite our different upbringings, we share the same sentiments.
These children’s books about acceptance — of others and ourselves — will us welcome and respect all people.
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Children’s books about acceptance
We Are All Equal by P. Crumble (thank you Penguin Books for my copy!)
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