5 Diversity Books To Read with Your Children

New Childrens’ Books about Diversity

When it comes to the arts, 2019 so far is showing some promising positive change. In terms of diversity, we are seeing more people of colour (than ever before) featured prominently in films, television, music, and so much more. The conversation that was started is now finally making an impact. Take a look below at these authors striving to make a difference by creating new content about diversity for our young ones.

“Honeysmoke: A Story Of Finding Your Color”, by Monique Fields

In this story, a young biracial girl looks around her world for her colour. She asks her Mama and her Daddy if she is black or white – and ultimately decides to crete a new word for herself – honeysmoke. The book offers a universal message that empowers young children to create their own self identity.

 “Bee – Bim Bop!”, by Linda Sue Park

In “Bee – Bim Bop!” (from Korean to English, translates to “mix-mix rice”) a hungry child shares her experiences helping her mother make the traditional Korean dish. The pride that comes from helping Mama, the depiction of a modern Korean American family, and of course the pleasure of preparing delicious food is sure to make this book a household favorite. It even includes the author’s own original recipe!

“Good Night Taj Mahal” by Nitya Mohan Khemka

“Good Night Taj Mahal” is a board book that explores all around the magical city of Agra. Children get to visit landmarks and attractions, such as the Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh Gardens, Kinari bazaar, Rambagh Gardens, Fatehpur Sikri, and so much more. This beautiful book is great for soothing children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for India’s natural and cultural wonders. This book is just one of many in the bestselling Good Night Our World series – be sure to check them out.

“Dress Like A Girl” by Patricia Toht

A diverse cast of slumber party girls consider the most time-honoured traditions of how to dress – what does it mean to dress like a girl? If a lady should wear white in the summertime, she should wear a spacesuit! From sports to science to politics, the book teaches young girls that the best way to dress like a girl is the way that makes you feel most like you! 

“Under My Hijab” by Hena Khan

 “Under My Hijab” tells a story about a young girl observing the six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in their own unique way. From Aunty, who pins it up with a brooch, to Jenna, who puts it under a sun hat. She dreams about the possibilities of her own future and how she can express her own personality through her own hijab. The diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, their love for each other, and their pride in their culture and faith shines through.

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