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. 


Jenn Bailey, Mika Song
Description: Henry would like to find a friend at school, but for a boy on the autism spectrum, making friends can be difficult, as his efforts are sometimes misinterpreted, or things just go wrong--but Henry keeps trying, and in the end he finds a friend he can play with.
Call Number: E Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2021
Cheryl B. Klein, Leng Qin
Description: Follows a young girl from the first wake-up of a new year, through many new experiences and 384 fights with her big brother, to the last bedtime stories in December.
Call Number: E Kle
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Annette Bay Pimentel
Description: "Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jennifer Keelan grew up battling-and overcoming-the limitations others set for her. From a lack of cutaway curbs and bus lifts to being denied enrollment at her neighborhood school, Jennifer was continually blocked from living the life she wanted. But after discovering the world of disability rights activism, she knew she had to use her voice to change things. When Jennifer was just eight years old, she participated in the Capitol Crawl. The deeply affecting image of Jennifer crawling up the steps of Capitol Hill went viral and helped pressure Congress into passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. A powerfully illustrated biography of Jennifer's life and a celebration of youth activism, All the Way to the Top will teach all children that they have the power to make a difference."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Pim
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong
Description: "As young Awâsis searches for the ingredients to make Kohkum's world-famous bannock recipe, they run into a variety of other-than-human relatives that help them along in their journey. Includes a pronunciation guide and Kohkum's world-famous bannock recipe at the back of the book."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2021
Peter H Reynolds
Description: "Discover a joyful reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special. Here, Reynolds reminds readers to "be your own work of art." To be patient, persistent, and true. Because there is one, and only one, YOU."--Amazon.
Call Number: E Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Nancy Johnson James, Constance Moore
Description: In this loving ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many hues of his family.
Call Number: E Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
Description: Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.
Call Number: E De L
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Barbara J. Atwater, Ethan J. Atwater, Mindy Dwyer
Description: "This modern retelling of a traditional Dena'ina story is about Chia, a young boy with a hard life, and his encounter with the legendary Fox Man, who just may be able to help. Through the Fox Man, Chia learns that there is strength in humility and in doing what is right, especially when it's hard."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Atw
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Anna Kim
Description: "Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember!"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Kim
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls
Description: Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people -- but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.
Call Number: J 362.4 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Truong Tran, Ann Phong
Description: A young girl visits her grandmother in Vietnam where her parents were born and learns that she can call two places home.
Call Number: E Tra Vietnamese
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2021
Maria Gianferrari, Patrice Barton
Description: A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.
Call Number: E Gia
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text pay homage to the strength, character, and worth of a child.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López
Description: Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. In this warm and inclusive story by U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, inspired by her own childhood diagnosis of diabetes, readers join along as differently abled kids use their strengths to work together and learn about each other.
Call Number: E Sot
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Rukhsanna Guidroz, Dinara Mirtalipova
Description: Shy and unsure of herself, Leila discovers all the things that make her special with the loving help of her Naani.
Call Number: E Gui
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Cari Best, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Description: "Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at her school"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Katrina Moore, Julia Woolf
Description: A young boy discovers many different kinds of hugs and ways to show love as family members and friends gather to welcome his immigrant relatives from China.
Call Number: E Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2021
Diane C. Mullen, Oriol Vidal
Description: Count the ways two hands, three days cleaning up, four planter boxes, and many more steps show how city neighbors transform one little abandoned lot into a beautiful community garden.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: E Mul
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross
Description: Rhyming couplets describe a wide range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl who uses a wheelchair.
Call Number: E Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Brad Wagnon, Alex Stephenson
Description: "According to Cherokee tradition, when the animals needed fire to keep them warm during cold nights, The Thunder Boys invoked a lightning bolt to strike and light fire to a lone sycamore tree. Water Spider, a tiny savior, boldly creates an ingenious way to bring fire back to the animal community" -- adapted from Kirkus Reviews.
Call Number: E Wag
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Tina M. Cho, Jess X. Snow
Description: Wanting to follow in the footsteps of her free-diving haenyeo grandmother, a young Korean girl dutifully consumes her grandmother's strength-building abalone porridge and practices her breath control before suiting up and overcoming fears to make remarkable discoveries.
Call Number: E Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe
Description: Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.
Call Number: E Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Oge Mora
Description: ¡Todos en el vecindario sueñan con probar el delicioso guiso de Omu! Uno por uno, siguen sus narices hacia el delicioso aroma. Y uno por uno, Omu ofrece una porción de su comida. Pronto la olla está vacía. ¿Ha sido tan generosa que ya no le queda nada?When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.
Call Number: E Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
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A Friend For Henry
Jenn Bailey, Mika Song
E Bai
I Am Every Good Thing
Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James
E Bar
A Year Of Everyday Wonders
Cheryl B. Klein, Leng Qin
E Kle
Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López
E Sot
All The Way To The Top : How One Girl's Fight For Americans With Disabilities Changed Everything
Annette Bay Pimentel
E Pim
Leila In Saffron
Rukhsanna Guidroz, Dinara Mirtalipova
E Gui
Awâsis And The World-famous Bannock
Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong
E Hun
My Three Best Friends And Me, Zulay
Cari Best, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
E Bes
Be You!
Peter H Reynolds
E Rey
One Hug
Katrina Moore, Julia Woolf
E Moo
Brown : The Many Shades Of Love
Nancy Johnson James, Constance Moore
E Jam
One Little Lot : The 1-2-3s Of An Urban Garden
Diane C. Mullen, Oriol Vidal
E Mul
Carmela Full Of Wishes
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
E De L
Susan Laughs
Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross
E Wil
Chia And The Fox Man : An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable
Barbara J. Atwater, Ethan J. Atwater, Mindy Dwyer
E Atw
The First Fire : A Cherokee Story
Brad Wagnon, Alex Stephenson
E Wag
Danbi Leads The School Parade
Anna Kim
E Kim
The Ocean Calls : A Haenyeo Mermaid Story
Tina M. Cho, Jess X. Snow
E Cho
Emmanuel's Dream : The True Story Of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls
J 362.4 Tho
Your Name Is A Song
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe
E Tho
Going Home, Coming Home
Truong Tran, Ann Phong
E Tra Vietnamese
¡Gracias, Omu!
Oge Mora
E Mor
Hello Goodbye Dog
Maria Gianferrari, Patrice Barton
E Gia