Books to Promote Diversity for Young Children: Part 2

The IPS blog will highlight books on diversity that are age-appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners over the next few weeks.   The following post is #2 in the series.

At The International Preschools, celebrating diversity and an awareness of how we are all different, yet we are all alike, is the cornerstone of our play-based learning philosophy.  Children as young as age 2 are able to pick up on differences…and the acceptance and reactions of adults around them.

Books are an instrumental way to foster learning and to use as a springboard for discussions, in even our smallest students.  Here are a few books, appropriate for preschoolers, that promote diversity in a tangible, understandable way.  These books also celebrate traditions and everyday activities that look different, yet alike, in each family’s household.

  • My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete – A book about differences in children, focusing on little Charlie, who is autistic.
  • Ruby Bridges Goes to School:  My True Story by Ruby Bridges – An autobiographical account of Ruby Bridges’ experience during the desegregation of elementary schools.  This book is a “reader,” which means the text is simple so that early readers can try their hand at decoding the printed words themselves.
  • Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim – A retelling of the classic tale, which teaches children about the celebration of Lunar New Year.
  • Harry’s House by Angela Shelf Medearis – A family works together to build their pet a doghouse.
  • Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora – Exploring the family traditions between a grandfather and grandchild.

Come back next week for more age-appropriate books showcasing diversity for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners!

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