In today's world, it can be hard for us to filter out the noise and constantly expose our children to positive messages about acceptance and tolerance. At the same time, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our families and society as a whole to ensure that our kids grow up in an environment where diversity is embraced and respected. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is by introducing them at an early age to books about inclusion and tolerance - stories which offer compassion, understanding, honesty, empathy and hope for a better future. In this post, you'll find 6 of our favorite picture books promoting these important values!
Everyone is unique in their own special way. Celebrate being yourself with Sofia Sanchez, an 11-year old viral sensation who's a model and actress living with Down syndrome! She invites readers to join her on this journey of self-discovery; inspiring them that embracing differences is what makes one truly stand out from the crowd and delightfully experience life as it should be lived. Being different isn't something to hide but instead proudly carry within you - feel empowered by believing in your potential no matter what anyone else may say or think. You have limitless possibilities ahead if only you never stop dreaming – YOU are enough just how you are!
From the windswept plains of southern Africa comes a timeless belief. Ubuntu―the concept that we are all part one another, no matter where life takes us or our backgrounds differ. Through beautiful artwork and vivid storytelling, this picture book provides little ones an enchanting perspective on friendship and generosity: allowing them to experience firsthand how even when different in so many ways - hearts beat as one!
Coco and her large friend Bear have a difficult task ahead of them - to prove that kindness is the key to happiness! With the wise words from Coco's grandmother, they set off on their journey. They bake cookies and craft lanterns but struggle to find success; however it is not until they look past tangible items when true understanding blossoms. Through trial, error and selfless acts of friendship, this delightful tale shows us how genuine good deeds are more rewarding than any object ever could be.
If you've ever wondered why being unique and different is so important, What If We Were All The Same? has the answers! No matter your hair color or eye shape, skin tone or leg length — it's all okay. Your differences are what make you a one-of-a-kind individual and something to celebrate! After all – who wants to be exact copies of someone else? Celebrate yourself for embracing everything that makes YOU special.
What If We Were All The Same! is fun-filled with rhymes and colorful illustrations, and brings attention to tough topics children can relate to.
As the students in Ms. Smith's classroom shared what made their families unique, each story was special and distinct from one another - yet all were united by a common theme of unconditional love. From two dads to stepsiblings to new babies, there wasn't an absence of diversity among these kids’ family dynamics; but at its core, it was quickly evident that no matter who they lived with or how unconventional things may have seemed on paper - this group celebrated within their differences a strong sense of mutual understanding and affection for those closest to them.
Get the new school year off to a great start with Chrysanthemum, an engaging and thoughtful book from award-winning author Kevin Henkes! This endearing story brings students together by teaching them about their own names as well as those of everyone in their class. Discussing this book opens up meaningful conversations about showing compassion for others – the perfect way to make sure all your little scholars feel welcome and accepted during those first few weeks back at school.