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.
For instance, have you considered the characters in your children’s books? Many books feature animals or ambiguous illustrations, or characters that don’t reflect the diversity of our global community. That’s why it’s refreshing to find people of color in these books.
These topics, along with gorgeous illustrations, feature characters of color. Some highlight the racial injustice and racism that we still see today, while others share diverse cultures. We learn about the segregation during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, as well as how children of color are adapting in today’s world.
The more we learn, understand, and embrace diversity, the more empathy we show for others, regardless of skin tone. Kids can read from authors of color and relate to their stories as their own.
Below are several children’s books with people of color. These books celebrate the diversity that doesn’t always get represented.
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, they affirm that being different can be a good thing.
Children’s books with people of color
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