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KIDS

BOOKLISTS

Ages 3-5

Celebrate Our Differences!

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All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.
All of Us by  Kathryn Erskine
Friends can help us understand the world and ourselves, opening our eyes to unique cultures and ideas. In a story that travels the globe, it's easy to see how the world is a community made up of people who are more similar than we are different.
Bird Hugs by  Ged Adamson
Bernard isn't like other birds. His wings are impossibly long, and try as he might, he just can't seem to fly. He's left wondering what his wings are good for ... if they're even good for anything at all. But a chance encounter with a dejected orangutan leads Bernard to a surprising discovery: that maybe what makes him different is actually something to be embraced.
Eyes That Kiss In the Corner by  Joanna Ho
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment
Hands Up! by  Breanna J. McDaniel
A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march
Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin
Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too--splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. A wonderful gift book for new mums and toddlers; all children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.
I'm an Immigrant Too! by Mem Fox
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal how all of our lives are enriched by the vibrant cultural diversity immigrants bring to their new communities.
Linus by  Stuart Hausmann
Sweet, plucky Linus cannot quite seem to fit into the rigid confines of his strait-laced world--and maybe that is not such a bad thing.
Lovebird Lou by Tammi Sauer
Lovebird Lou adores life with his family and friends on the island they call home. But when he travels to the other side of the island and sees the amazing abilities on display by different birds, Lou feels unfulfilled with the laidback lovebird lifestyle. With his adoring parents cheering him on, Lou decides to spread his wings and see what else he can accomplish. This sweet, funny story celebrates individuality, self-discovery, and the joy of community.
Lovely by  Jess Hong
Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!
Lulu the One and Only by  Lynnette Mawhinney
Lulu gets help from her brother, Zane, to respond to other people's confusion about her racial identity by using a power phrase to declare who she is, rather than what.
One of These Is Not Like the Others by Barney Saltzberg
Points out the differences between subjects and celebrates them.
The Hair Book by  LaTonya Yvette
Covered hair, bun hair, party hair.....no matter your hair--YOU are welcome anywhere! With striking, colorful graphics and simple alliterative text, this book features poufy hair, wavy hair, Afro hair, hair covered in a hijab, and more. The message is clear: no matter what you look like, you are beautiful, valued, and welcome everywhere.
What Is a Refugee? by  Elise Gravel
An accessible picture book that oh-so-simply and graphically introduces the term 'refugee' to curious young children to help them better understand the world in which they live. In this relevant picture book for the youngest children, author-illustrator Elise Gravel explores what it means to be a refugee in bold, graphic illustrations and spare text. This is the perfect tool to introduce an important and timely topic.
What Makes Us Unique?: Our First Talk About Diversity by  Jillian Roberts
What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different.
What's the Difference? by  Doyin Richards
Photographs and simple text celebrate friendship, diversity, and acceptance. Being different is amazing.
Updated 08/10/2023