The Skin You Live In – by Michael Tyler – With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers.
Shades of People – Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly – People come in lots of shades, even in the same family. This exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of childen and a short text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.
We’re Different, We’re the Same – by Bobbi Kates – Who better than Sesame Street to teach us that we may all look different on the outside—but it’s important to remember that deep down, we are all very much alike. We all have the same needs, desires, and feelings. Elmo and his Sesame Street friends help teach toddlers and the adults in their lives that everyone is the same on the inside, and it’s our differences that make this wonderful world, which is home to us all, an interesting—and special—place.
A is for Activist – by Innosanto Nagara – A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
The Colors of Us – by Karen Katz – Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades. Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.
A Rainbow Of Friends – by P.K. Hallinan – This book is for ages 3-5. Friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.
All the Colors We Are – by Katie Kissinger – Celebrate the essence of one way we are all special and different from one another–our skin color! This bilingual (English/Spanish) book offers children a simple, scientifically accurate explanation about how our skin color is determined by our ancestors, the sun, and melanin. It’s also filled with colorful photographs that capture the beautiful variety of skin tones. Reading this book frees children from the myths and stereotypes associated with skin color and helps them build positive identities as they accept, understand, and value our rich and diverse world. Unique activity ideas are included to help you extend the conversation with children.
The Day You Begin – by Jacqueline Woodson – Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Black All Around! – by Patricia Hubbell – Look high, look low, look everywhere… The wonderful color black is there!’ Join a young girl as she discovers all the wonderful things around her that are black. ‘The letters that live on each page of a book. The hole in the ground that’s a little mole’s nook. The gleaming paint on a limousine. The braded hair of a stately queen.’ The fun and excitement never stop in this joyous and playful book.
All are Welcome – by Alexandra Penfold – Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions. A school where diversity is a strength.