Books to Promote Diversity for Young Children: Part 3

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 #3 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.

  • Ten Little Puppies/Diez Perritos by Alma Flor Ada – A book about…what else?…puppies!  The simple writing, the words in both Spanish and English, and the puppy-based illustrations make it appealing and comprehensible for young children.
  • Hush!  A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho – A mother tells her baby a lullaby, asking animals and noises to stay away so that the baby can sleep.
  • Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson – Four friends celebrate what characteristics make them special.
  • Welcome to My Neighborhood!  by Quiara Alegria Hudes – Ava’s friend Chien comes to visit her home and neighborhood; the descriptions of the neighborhood cover each letter of the alphabet.
  • One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree  by Daniel Bernstrom – An easy-to-read story based upon the classic “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”
  • Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo – A story which teaches children that everyone, no matter how big, small, alike, or different…eats!

Be sure to visit next week’s blog for another list of diverse books perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners!

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