The Best Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity
August 6, 2020
Books are a great way to introduce children to different kinds of stories and perspectives—there’s a reason reading is linked to empathy! Bring our community’s beautiful diversity into your reading time with these children’s books that celebrate diversity.
In this article:
- LGBTQ2S+ Positive Books
- Celebrate Indigenous Children’s Authors
- Celebrate Black Children’s Authors
- Children’s Books about Loving Ourselves and Each Other
- Bilingual Children’s Books
Celebrate All Families with LGBTQ2S+ Positive Books
My Two Moms takes us on a journey through one child’s fun day out with her family!
There are so many fun things to do at home! Daddy, Papa, and Me describes lots of activities we can enjoy with our families.
A family can look lots of different ways—what brings a family together is love! We follow lots of different families through their day in this beautiful book.
A little boy’s friends want to know: which mommy helps him ride a bike? Which mommy helps him fly a kite? This book shows that there is lots of love in all kinds of families.
Rainbows are nature’s way of showing us how beautiful diversity is! Join this Pride storytime to learn what each colour of the rainbow flag means.
Celebrate Indigenous Children’s Authors
How are you feeling today? Brave like a bear? Creative like a rabbit? Curious like a porcupine?
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox teaches children the meaning of each Anishnaabe totem animal.
From being kind to listening, this book explores all the ways the people we love hold us up.
This beautiful book about love, care, and community explores the gifts that the world gives baby Kulu.
Little You’s simple rhyme scheme makes it perfect for reading aloud.
What fills your heart with happiness? My Heart Fills with Happiness describes some of the happy moments in a day, like dancing and listening to stories.
You can learn more about Indigenous cultures with online Journey Together programs! Check out the Journey Together Outreach Program on Facebook for more information and schedules.
Celebrate Black Children’s Authors
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
Dream Big Little One tells the story of many amazing black women in history.
When this little girl wears her mommy’s khimar, her mommy is with her everywhere she goes!
Bedtime Bonnet is a story about a loving family and their nighttime hair routines, from the main character’s bedtime bonnet to her father’s wave cap.
Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union
This celebratory book is perfect for families who have waited patiently for their newest member.
Join Zuri as her dad gets her hair ready for a very special day. Afterward, you can enjoy the heartwarming short film based on the story!
This beautiful rhyming book is about loving ourselves and being kind to one another.
With repetition that children will love, this book takes us through the fussy and fond moments of a family’s day.
Our narrator is sad she can’t find anyone with hair just like hers, until she realizes… no two people are the same!
Children’s Books about Loving Ourselves and Each Other
School is a place where all are welcome! Learn about all the ways we learn and grow with our friends at school.
What does it mean to be kind? Sometimes we just need to be there for each other!
A fun story about love and trucks—because who doesn’t love trucks?!
An exuberant book about liking ourselves just as we are. Children will love the playful rhymes and colourful illustrations!
People can look all kinds of ways, and that’s what makes the world so interesting! This book shows all the ways we can be different and alike.
We come in so many colours! Join this story’s narrator on a walk around her neighbourhood as she sees all the colours people can be.
There are lots of ways we can show we love each other! This book shows us many families and the simple ways they show their love.
We can do anything if we believe we can! This book celebrates every child’s boundless potential.
Bilingual and Translated Children’s Books
The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration allows children to follow along in both languages while learning about the traditional Mexican holiday.
The simple text, colourful illustrations, rhythm, and rhymes of the classic children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? make this book perfect for young readers. Children learn vocabulary for colours and animals as the brown bear encounters a red bird, a yellow duck, a green frog, and more.
In this bilingual Hindi/English book, Floppy’s bunny friends learn that we all have a lot to gain from people who are different from us.
L’invention de M. Monsieur is a fully French book by a francophone author, featuring short sentences and funny dialogue that are great for language learners. You can also follow along with the English translation, Mr. King’s Machine.