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39 Diverse Children’s Books to Add to Your Shelf

Representation matters. And one way to expose your children to greater diversity or for them to see themselves reflected in the media you consume as a family, is through story time!

Books that represent diverse characters, cultures, and themes, are important for all children to consume, to help foster a greater appreciation of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, I’ve curated a list of diverse children’s books for you to add to your family’s book shelf!

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Most of these books are geared towards children under the age of 10, however, a good story is appropriate for all ages!

1. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

2. Mixed: A Colorful Story, by Arree Chung

3. The First Strawberries, retold by Joseph Brucac

4. Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry

5. Hair Twins, by Raakhee Mirchandani

6. The Skin You Live In, by Michael Tyler

7. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

8. Happy in Our Skin, by Fran Manushkin

9. Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller

10. When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner

11. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison

12. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, by Vashti Harrison

13. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, by Vashti Harrison

14. Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox

15. The Color of Us, by Karen Katz

16. Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears, by Verna Aardema

17. Anansi the Spider: A Tale of The Ashanti, by Greg McDermott

18. Mama Do You Love Me?, by Barbara Joosse

19. Papa Do You Love Me?, by Barbara Joosse

20. Marvelous Me: Inside and Out, by Lisa Bullard

21. I Like Myself, by Karen Beaumont

22. Bippity Bop Barbershop, by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

23. Full Full Full of Love, by Trish Cooke

24. All Because You Matter, by Tami Charles

25. I Am Enough, by Grace Byers

26. Change Sings, by Amanda Gorman

27. All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

28. Skin Like Mine, by Latashia M. Perry

29. Hair Like Mine, by Latashia M. Perry

30. One Love, by Cedilla Marley

31. I Just Want To Say Good Night, by Rachel Isadora

32. The Ring Bearer, by Floyd Cooper

33. Siesta, by Ginger Foglesong Guy

34. Hey Black Child, by Useni Eugene Perkins

35. I Got the Rhythm, by Connie Schofield-Morrison

36. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes

37. Niño Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales

38. The Library Book, by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark

39. Over and Under the Pond, by Kate Messner

This is not an inclusive list of all of the amazing children’s books out there that represent, honor, and respect diversity. But hopefully it’s a good place to help you get started in diversifying your family’s bookshelf!

What other diverse children’s books should I add to this list? Please share in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “39 Diverse Children’s Books to Add to Your Shelf

  1. Check out for an amazing list of books that you can filter with many different choices.

    A small selection of some of my favorites include:
    Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
    Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña
    Windows by Julia Denos
    Bea’s Bee by Katherine Pryor
    Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
    The Lost Package by Richard Ho
    A Different Pond by Bao Phi
    Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
    Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson
    Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
    The little red fort by Brenda Maier
    My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
    The world is not a rectangle by Jeanette Winter
    The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar

    I could go on and on…I’m especially excited by bilingual, wordless, and STEAM books too. There are also lots of great books on scientists like Patricia Bath, Charles Turner, Mae Jemison, Mario Molina, Wu Chien Shiung, and Lonnie Johnson. Make sure to check out your local library too!

    1. These are fantastic! Thanks for the recommendations. The only one we have read thus far is Julian is a Mermaid. I’m going to add all of these to our library list!

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