Encouraging diversity in your children’s books early can create a sense of empathy and representation in young readers. While some readers yearn to find themselves in a book, others can learn about experiences outside their own. Diversity in children’s books is essential for building a more compassionate world. We’ve compiled this list of children’s books that feature diverse characters or are written by authors of color.
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Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
This whimsical story touches on colorism from Sulwe’s point of view. With love and positivity, she is ultimately able to see her beauty inside and out.
Sofia Valdez Future Prez by Andrea Beaty
Sofia becomes a community activist when she decides to clean up her community.
Fry Bread A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
This picture book features a modern-day Native American family.
Jabari Jumps by Gair Cornwall
With a little patience and encouragement, Jabari is ready to take a dive!
The Name Jar by Yangssok Choi
Unhei is a new arrival from Korea who is anxious about fitting in with her American classmates.
Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz
Leila learns to admire her unique beauty.
Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed
This story is based on the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Alma learns the origins of her six names and learns to appreciate what a perfect fit they are.
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
Stories of long-ago traditions ignite Windy Girl’s vivid imagination.
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Alli
This story follows two sisters on one’s first day of wearing a hijab by Olympic medalist and social activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora
A heartwarming story of sharing and community.