One of the best trends to hit kid lit in recent years is the emphasis on diversity. For far too long, kids grew up reading books they weren’t represented in. Now, you can find books that represent so many different types of people! Here are a few that you’ll want to add to your list.
All are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold
This story shows a group of kids in a day at their school that come from a wide range of cultures as they share these cultures with each other through food, music, art, and their stories. It features not only characters of different ethnicities, but also includes children with disabilities as well!
The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
This story is about a young girl named Lena who wants 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.
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson
This book is about a young girl who feels out of place stepping into her classroom for the first time. It serves as a reminder that we all feel like outsiders sometimes—and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. Sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Let’s Talk About Race, by Julius Lester
This story explores the author’s personal journey. In his words, “I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details.”