The world is becoming a more beautifully diverse place. Your family’s bookshelf should, too. So I have spent countless hours scouring bookshelves at my local library and favorite book stores to narrow down this list of the Best Diverse Picture Books. Not only do they tackle tricky subjects and introduce new ideas that might be outside your family’s experience, but these diverse picture books also tell creative stories in beautiful ways.
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Readers of all ages will be inspired by Sofia, who took a problem and worked to find a solution, no matter who or what got in her way.
A beautiful picture book that uses fry bread, a staple food in many Native American communities, to celebrate family, history, and community.
This colorful tale written in a child’s perspective reflects on the meaning of being Black in this powerful and beautiful book.
This moving story shows readers what it is like to live in a world where others see you as different and will undoubtedly inspire readers of all ages to join the “Choose Kind” movement.
A timely tale, this book tackles the topic of family separation with tenderness.
Names are incredibly powerful, as shown in this beautiful story. A young Korean immigrant is afraid to share her name with her classmates and tries on easier, more-traditional “options” until realizing how special her name and identity truly are.
In a new country and new school, Lailah is excited to begin her first fasting for Ramadaan but is afraid of what her new classmates will think of her. This book is a great way to introduce kids to a celebration they might not have experience with.
A heartwarming and award-winning story about how two penguins make a nontraditional family.
Side-by-side pictures highlight the similarities between the lives of two boys, one in the Western world and the other in a rural African village.
A celebratory and beautiful testament about the timeless and unbreakable love between a parent and child.
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