Favorite Diversity Books for Children

Multiracial families have unique needs. Our children need to see their ethnicities and their unique-looking families reflected in things they see in their everyday lives—books, magazines, videos, etc. The next few posts are going to include books for every member of the family that will cover diversity, adoption, Korea, and more. This list includes some of my favorites (current as of July 2008).

• Board books by Helen Oxenbury
Clap Hands, Tickle Tickle and Say Goodnight are simple large board books that feature children and parents of all ethnicities.

• The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
An adoptee and her mom walk through their neighborhood noticing how everyone is a unique color.

• Throw Your Tooth on the Roof by Selby B. Beeler
This book details tooth traditions from around the world, showing how children worldwide celebrate losing a tooth.

• People by Pete Spier
A book showing how there are many ways people are different—from what they eat, to where they live, to what they look like, to how they worship.

• How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman
A little girl tells the story of how her Japanese mother and American father learned how to eat in each others culture.

• Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport
Shanté’s grandmother has forgotten to make the lucky New Year’s peas. As Shanté goes through the neighborhood looking for peas, she learns about many other New Year’s traditions.

• All Kinds of Children by Norma Simon
Tells how all children are similar—they eat, live in houses, etc.—while showing how the food or housing looks different.

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