Early Childhood Books for Diversity

Recommended by Diversity Educator Elizabeth Denevi, PhD

Race, Ethnicity

  • The Name Jar – Choi
  • I Love my Hair – Natasha Tarpley
  • Hairs/Pellitos – Sandra Cisneros
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges – Robert Coles
  • Black, White, Just Right –Marguerite W. Davol
  • Black is Brown is Tan – Arnold Adoff
  • Grace for President – Kelly Dipucchio
  • Those Shoes – Maribeth Boelts
  • The Other Side – Jacqueline Woodson (k-4)
  • If You Come Softly – Jacqueline Woodson
  • Show Way – Jacqueline Woodson (k-5)
  • Friends from the Other Side – Amigos del otro lado – Gloria Anzaldua
  • Upside-down Boy – Juan Felipe Herrera
  • In My Family – En mi familia (k, 1, 2, 3) – Carmen Lomas Garza
  • Hip Hop Speaks to Children – Nikki Giovanni
  • Rosa – Nikki Giovanni (upper elementary)
  • Martin’s Big Words – Doreen Rappaport
  • Henry’s Freedom Box – Ellen Levine, Illustrated by Khadir Nelson (For teaching slavery in first grade)
  • Grandfather’s Journey – Allen Say (Say has a number of great books on Asian Americans)
  • Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes (also in Spanish – Crisanthemo)
  • Cleversticks – Bernard Ashley
  • The Colors of Us – Karen Katz
  • Yoko – Rosemary Wells
  • Africa is not a Country – Margy Knight (1-4)
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of MLK – D. Rappaport
  • Everywhere Babies – Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee
  • Giving Thanks:A Native American Good Morning Message – Chief Jake Swamp
  • Anansi Does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale (pre-K – 3) – Verna Aardema, Lisa Desimini

Gender

  • Violet the Pilot – Steve Breen
  • Grace for President – Kelly Dipucchio
  • William’s Doll – C. Zolotow
  • My Princess Boy – C. Kilodavis
  • 10,000 Dresses –  M. Ewert

 Families

  • All Families are Different by Todd Parr
  • All Families are Special by Todd Parr
  • It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
  • The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • It’s OK to be Adopted by Todd Parr
  • It’s OK to be Different by Todd Parr
  • Best, Best Colors/Los Mejores Colores – Eric Hoffman
  • And Tango Makes Three – J. Hoffman
  • The Different Dragon — J. Bryant

Bullying

  • My Secret Bully – Trudy Ludwig – a couple of books listed in back of book
  • Just Kidding – Trudy Ludwig
  • Sorry! – Trudy Ludwig
  • Say Something – Peggy Moss (kindergarten+)
  • King of the Playground – Phyllis Naylor
  • The Recess Queen – Alexis O’Neill
  • Welcoming Schools Curriculum