In my classroom, we celebrate diversity with books for little learners!
Every person is different…and that’s AMAZING! Together with parents, it’s up to teachers to instruct students from a very young age about embracing culture, diversity, and differences. We can get the conversation going in our classrooms by exposing our little learners to diversity books.
By reading stories that discuss skin shades, cultures, clothes, and different foods from around the world, our little learners gain exposure to these topics. In turn, they can embrace and accept these differences that make our world such an interesting and fun place to live. In this post, I have shared some of my favorites. I encourage you to select diverse books ALL YEAR LONG, for every theme you introduce to your little learners!
PS…The original list was comprised of 21 books then I found a few more! I just LOVE books!
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Celebrate Diversity Books for Little Learners
This book points out all of the fun things kids love to do. From chasing bugs and eating cake, kids just want to explore and discover. The characters in this book represent a variety of cultures. Even though there are diverse characters, everyone is enjoying their childhood.
No matter what you look like: young, old, curly hair, straight hair, it does not matter because you are lovely.
When a little boy and his pet elephant are left out of the Pet Club, he shows them that you can be a friend, even when you are not a cat or a dog.
This book explores the colors of skin through the eyes of a little girl. When she realizes that there are so many shades of brown, she starts to see the similarities between people.
Elmer is not your ordinary elephant; he is a colorful patchwork elephant. In this book, he gets a surprise from all of his friends.
This is a great story to read to little learners about acceptance. The story places an emphasis on the importance of being yourself and accepting other’s differences. Anyone can be a princess–yes boys too!
The celebration of who we are is on display throughout the illustrations and text in this book. It is a great way to capture the importance of diversity.
Celebrate differences with students to help them discover a level of confidence that allows them to be proud, understanding, and compassionate. I just LOVE Todd Parr’s colorful illustrations!
Learn about the different people who make up the families that we all love. From homes with one mommy to homes with two dads, it’s the love that we feel that is important.
This book explores family diversity with realistic pictures. This helps give your little learners even more exposure to the diverse life that surrounds us.
Use this picture book to show little learners all of the home styles from around the world. Ask your students to find the similarities and differences between the homes pictured and the homes they live in.
This book is full of pictures that focus on the variety of clothes that are worn around the world. Talk about a fashion show!
Little learners have a lot of fun with this book that explores different modes of transportation around the world.
Celebrate more diversity with clothes from around the world. Point out how colorful and vibrant clothes can be. You can also make comparisons between wardrobes.
What a great subject to explore with little learners! Just look at all the different kinds of bread that are eaten around the world!
When diversity comes in the form of food, everyone pays attention! Especially when it comes to dim sum.
Getting glasses can be hard and scary (and not so fun for kids). Go with this little girl as she goes to the eye doctor to get her first pair of glasses and has some fun along the way.
Follow Susan as she goes about her day. She visits the pool, plays with her friends, and so much more. Through it all she is one happy little girl. At the end of the book, readers learn that she uses a wheelchair.
Use realistic pictures of kids with disabilities to teach acceptance and understanding.
Sometimes it can be difficult to understand this disability, but by reading this book, they will know what to look for and how to treat others who are on the spectrum.
What abilities do your little learners have? Can they play the piano? Spell a long word? Or maybe they can whistle. This book helps kids find their unique ability while appreciating other people’s skills.
What are your favorite books that celebrate diversity? Do you have any other creative ways to teach little learners about cultures, differences, and understanding? Share them with me in the comments!
Don’t forget to stop on by the Favorite Diversity Tools and Toys for Preschool and Kindergarten Post for even more ways and ideas on how to diversify your classroom.
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