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.
But rather than see those as divisions, kids can celebrate them instead, both in others and in themselves.
How should we respond when kids ask about other people’s differences? Answer with the truth, speaking to their level.
Kids mention the obvious, even those socially inappropriate. So when your child notices her playmate’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 pretty?”
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. Or maybe he isn’t into the same things as other kids his age and you wonder if that’s okay.
Below are children’s books about acceptance to read with your kids.
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Looking After Louis illustrate a girl’s experience with meeting her autistic classmate. Giraffes Can’t Dance and Calvin Can’t Fly 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 books about acceptance — of others and yourself — will help address them.
Children’s books about acceptance
Elsie by Nadine Robert (thanks Abrams Books for my copy!)
Read these next:
- Why We Need to Encourage Our Children’s Interests—Even when They Seem Strange to Us
- On Accepting Your Children for Who They Are
- How to Help Your Sad Child Handle Their Feelings
- Why We Need to Stop Telling Boys to “Man Up”
- How to Discipline a Child with Autism
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