Add diversity to your child’s library with these children’s books with people of color and celebrate diverse cultures near and far!
Any time I watch television shows and movies or read books, I’m always glad when I notice a diverse cast of characters. That’s cool they included a variety of ethnicities, I’d think. Or, That’s great that one of the leads is Asian/Latino.
But as much as I celebrate these moments, it only goes to show how little diversity we see to begin with. The fact that we notice diversity (or the lack of it) means we still have a ways to go.
The same is true with children’s books.
Have you considered the host of characters in your children’s books? Many books feature animals or ambiguous illustrations, or characters that don’t reflect the diversity of our communities. That’s why it’s refreshing to find people of color in these books, even if you don’t identify with a particular ethnicity.
Not every book needs to highlight the heritage and pride of culture. Including characters that feature people of color “just because” is wonderful as it is, for no other reason than because it’s normal.
The more we learn, understand, and embrace diversity, the more empathy we show for others who are different from us. Where we can finally live in a world where racial jokes don’t exist, and violence against others are unheard of.
Below are several children’s books with people of color. These are the books that celebrate the diversity that doesn’t always get represented in our lives.
And regardless of your ethnicity, these books are important because they show us the world we live in. You may live in a single-ethnic community, but you can still read about different cultures. Your kids may not find diversity within their physical communities—these books will bridge that gap.
These books also cement the idea that we are indeed different people. And for my bi-racial kids, these books are even more affirming that being different can be a good thing.
Children’s books with people of color
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