Books to Promote Diversity in Young Children: Part 4

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 #4 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.

  • Why Are You Doing That?  by Elisa Amado and Manuel Monroy – A book that encourages questioning and focus on a rural area where people grow their own food.
  • Tell Me a Story, Mama by Angela Johnson – A book that focuses on the importance of storytelling to learn about your family and where you come from.
  • Why Am I Me?  by Paige Britt – In a city setting, children learn to be caring, thoughtful, and kind to each other.
  • Food Day:  Pizza Day by Melissa Iwai – Another food-based book which provides great conversation points in young children:  What do you like to put on your pizza?  What do you not like on your pizza?  How is your pizza the same or different than the one in the book?
  • Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal – A book about the Hindu holiday of Holi.
  • Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson – A book featuring a family (including a young boy) of artists.

The books chosen for these lists were curated from Scholastic Books website.  Please visit their website for more books featuring diverse characters to fill your child(ren)’s home libraries!

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