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Early Childhood Education: Diversity - EDF2085

Resources for Early Childhood Education students

Books about Diversity

Through colorful illustrations and powerful words, important topics such as ethnicity to family life are brought to light and shared with children in the books below.   Whether listed here or in the downloadable document, these titles have to do with diversity in its many forms. 

Children's PIcture Books

Children's Books about Diversity List

Storyline Online -  The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

 

Title

Type

Author

Description

A Day's Work

picture

Eve Bunting

young Mexican-American boy helps grandfather look for work as gardener

A Single Shard*

chapter

Linda Sue Park

Young orphan boy in 12th Century Korea must prove himself to master potter

All Kinds of Families*

picture

Mary Ann Hoberman

Author shows how families are a mix of loved ones - great for nontraditional and blended families

Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things

chapter

Lenore Look

An Asian-American second grader is scared of everything at school but is a hero at home

Bad Case of Stripes+

picture

David Shannon

A young girl becomes the laughing stock of her school when she develops stripes

Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)

chapter

Lisa Yee

Bi-racial boy struggles with not following in his famous father's footsteps and making his own way

Bud, Not Buddy*

chapter

Christopher Paul Curtis

African-American orphan in 1930's

Calling the Doves*

picture

Juan Felipe Herrera

Autobiographical story about growing up as a son of migrant workers

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

chapter

Jenny Han

Korean girl has lucky day but then her luck runs out

Crouching Tiger*

picture

Ying Chang Compestine

A young Chinese boy is at first embarrassed by his visting grandfather's traditions

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

chapter

Jeff Kinney

Boy is bullied by brother and others as he enters middle school as a weakling

Donavan's Double Trouble

chapter

Monalisa DeGross

African American student struggles in school and uncle returns from war in wheelchair

Each Kindness*

picture

Jacqueline Woodson

After a lesson in kindness, students realize their mistake in making fun of a new student

Flotsam*

picture

David Wiesner

No words but shows how world is connected through a magical underwater camera

Fly Away Home

picture

Eve Bunting

father and son live in the airport because they cannot afford a home

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth*

picture

Sanjay Patel

Hindu mythology

Grandfather's Journey*

picture

Allen Say

Talks about a man's love for two countries and desire to live in both (Japan and US)

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker 

picture

Robbie Robertson

Hiawatha translates for his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, to guide the warring  Iroquois nations in 14th century.

I am Jazz*

picture

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

transgender girl

I Have a Dream*

picture

Martin Luther King Jr

famous speech brought to life by illustrations and highlights struggles

I, Too, Am America*

picture

Langston Hughes

His famous poem illustrated to show it's meaning to children

Inside Out & Back Again +

chapter

Thanhha Lai

The author share in verse her life as an immigrant from Vietnam

It’s a Small World

picture

Disney

Famous song with illustrations to show

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat*

picture

Simms Taback

Jewish Man repurposes his overcoat until he has no cloth left

Junebug

chapter

Alice Mead

Ten year old African-American boy dreams of life away from the projects

Kamik's First Sled 

picture

Matilda Sulurayok

Inuit boy must learn how to train sled dog

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match*

picture

Monica Brown

Peruvian-Scottish-American girl

Mostly Monsterly*

picture

Tammi Sauer

A monster discovers that she is different and likes it that way

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters*

picture

John L. Steptoe

cinderella story from Zimbabwe

My Brother Charlie*

picture

Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

A child shares about his autistic brother

Nasreen's secret school : a true story from Afghanistan*

picture

Jeanette Winter

Based on a true story where a girl's parents are taken away by the Taliban

One Green Apple

picture

Eve Bunting

Young Muslim girl struggles with being in new country

One hen : how one small loan made a big difference*

picture

Katie Smith Milway

A boy buys a chicken through a local program and it makes all the difference for his family

Pink and Say*

picture

Patricia Polacco

Two boys who are soldiers meet on a civil war battlefield. One is a black and the other white

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

chapter

Mildred D. Taylor

African-American family struggles to stay together in the midst of racist attacks in 1930's

Round is a Mooncake

picture

Jenny Thong

Chinese and American culture - different shapes

Sam and Charlie

chapter

Leslie Kimmelman

Jewish children try to live by their religion's motto

Smoky Night*

picture

Eve Bunting

Riots in LA help families from diverse backgrounds to see importance of getting along

Snowflake Bentley*

picture

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Young boy loves snow and discovers how unique each snowflake is inspite of being bullied by people in his small town

Something Beautiful

picture

Sharon Dennis Wyeth

African American girl seeks something beautiful in her ugly neighborhood

Stellaluna+

picture

Janell Cannon

Little bat adopted and raised with baby birds that fly, eat and like different things

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

chapter

Sy Montgomery

Biography about Temple Grandin who was diagonsed at 3 with autism and has revoluntionized how cattle are treated

Thank you, Mr. Falker+

picture

Patricia Polacco

Author shares her struggle as a child with dyslexia and a teacher that helped her

Trombone Shorty

picture

Troy Andrews

Musician Troy Andrews shares how his childhood passion for the trombone led him to fulfill some amazing dreams.

The Good Luck Cat

picture

Joy Harjo

Native American story about good luck cat that seems to lose her luck

The Kissing Hand+

picture

Audrey Penn

A young raccoon faces change and is afraid but his mother helps him learn how to cope with it

The Snowy Day*

picture

Ezra Jack Keats

how snow transforms a city

The Umbrella Queen*

picture

Shirin Yim Bridges

In a Thai village where everyone makes umbrellas a young girl seeks to be unique

The White Elephant

chapter

Sid Fleischman

Run Run, an orphan in Siam, has to take care of an unusual animal

This Day in June*

picture

Gayle E Pitman

Talks about a pride parade and the mix of people and families celebrated

To Be a Drum+

picture

Evelyn Coleman

Stories about how people from Africa have had to endure many hardships and how they overcame the adversities

Two Mrs. Gibsons

picture

Toyomi Igus

bi-racial little girl with Japanese mother and African-American grandmother

White Socks Only+

picture

Evelyn Coleman

A child is confronted by the racial bias of local townspeople while on an adventure

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge+

picture

Mem Fox

Child helps elderly woman with memory

Whoever You Are*

picture

Mem Fox

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

Wonder*

chapter

R.J. Palacio

boy with facial deformity has been homeschooled but has to go to school with other kids now

Zapato Power series

chapter

Jacqueline Jules

Latino superhero Freddie Ramos and his adventures

Chapter Books