Given the current climate, a lot of parents are looking at ways to talk to their children about race. There isn’t a right age to start talking about it and books can be a great jumping off point.
While books like A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara or Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman are great, books with a focus on oppression aren’t the definition of diversity books. BAME children and their white peers also need to see books that celebrate their main character, with a fun storyline. The Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes spring to mind. So, I have put together a list of 10 books that will help diversify your child’s bookshelf.
10 Books To Diversify Your Child’s Bookshelf
Sophia has one wish for her birthday but their are Four Big Problems in her way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad and Grand-mama.
A story about a boy who has a dragon for a pen pal.
3) The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
4. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
Grace loves stories and acting them out. She decides that she will play the part of Peter Pan when her teacher tells the class they are going to perform the play.
While riding the subway one day, Julian notices three ladies dressed up as mermaids. When he gets home, all he can think about is dressing up in his own mermaid costume.
7) Princess Janine by Iolette Thomas
8) King of Another Country by Fiona French
10) Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
A little boy grapples with his anxiety as he tries to jump off the high diving board at the pool, while his supportive father encourages him to try, try again.
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