Celebrate Diversity through Picture Books

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Teaching kids to appreciate and celebrate diversity is a top priority in today's global landscape. Check out these pictures books that include messages of uniqueness, kindness and inclusion. 


Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman, illustrator
Description: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.
Call Number: E Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee
Description: Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.
Call Number: E Sca
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Innosanto Nagara
Description: Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. There is a duck to find on every page.
Call Number: BB Nag
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Yana Peel
Description: A parent and child can explore twelve paintings of faces by contemporary and modern artists. A mirror on the back inside cover enables a baby to frame their own face on the book's last page.
Call Number: BB Pee
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
Description: "A host of animals portrays all kinds of non-traditional families"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2018
Fran Manushkin, Lauren Tobia
Description: Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party.
Call Number: E Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
Description: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate the uniqueness of each child.
Call Number: E Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2018
Dev Petty, Mike Boldt
Description: A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.
Call Number: E Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2018
Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa, illustrator
Description: "Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2018
Todd Parr
Description: Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's Okay to be a different color," "It's Okay to need some help," "It's Okay to be adopted," and "It's Okay to have a Different nose."
Call Number: E Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2018
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
Description: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Call Number: E Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2018
Matt de la Peña, Loren Long
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.
Call Number: E Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2018
Jess Hong
Description: "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!"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hon
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ashley Bryan
Description: An illustrated children's poem which celebrates the diversity of America.
Call Number: E Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Airlie Anderson
Description: Because Neither is unlike both the rabbits and birds of the Land of This and That, it sets out to find a new place where all kinds of creatures are welcome.
Call Number: E And
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2018
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Description: Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.
Call Number: E Kos
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2018
Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault
Description: Spork, whose mom is a spoon and his dad is a fork, tries to fit in with the other utensils, but finds that he is never chosen at mealtimes and seems destined to spend his life in the drawer.
Call Number: E Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Lisa Mantchev, Taeeun Yoo
Description: A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.
Call Number: E Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2018
Amy June Bates, Juniper Bates
Description: A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
Call Number: E Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Karen Katz
Description: Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.
Call Number: E Kat
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Queen Rania, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa
Description: Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.
Call Number: E Ran
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2018
Matt Lamothe
Description: Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world, including such places as Japan, India, Uganda, and Italy, and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.
Call Number: E Lam
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
Description: Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.
Call Number: E Fox
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2018
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All Are Welcome
Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman, illustrator
E Pen
Lovely
Jess Hong
E Hon
All The World
Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee
E Sca
My America
Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ashley Bryan
E Gil
Counting On Community
Innosanto Nagara
BB Nag
Neither
Airlie Anderson
E And
Faces For Baby
Yana Peel
BB Pee
Same, Same, But Different
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
E Kos
Families, Families, Families!
Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
E Lan
Spork
Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault
E Mac
Happy In Our Skin
Fran Manushkin, Lauren Tobia
E Man
Strictly No Elephants
Lisa Mantchev, Taeeun Yoo
E Man
Hooray For Kids!
Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
E Lan
The Big Umbrella
Amy June Bates, Juniper Bates
E Bat
I Don't Want To Be A Frog
Dev Petty, Mike Boldt
E Pet
The Colors Of Us
Karen Katz
E Kat
Islandborn
Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa, illustrator
E Dia
The Sandwich Swap
Queen Rania, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa
E Ran
It's Okay To Be Different
Todd Parr
E Par
This Is How We Do It: One Day In The Lives Of Seven Kids From Around The World
Matt Lamothe
E Lam
Last Stop On Market Street
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
E Pen
Whoever You Are
Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
E Fox
Love
Matt de la Peña, Loren Long
E Pen