#WeNeedDiverseBooks Pt 3 - Kids Books
Henry's Freedom Box - Ellen Levine
Please Baby Please - Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Please Puppy Please - Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Just the Two of Us - Will Smith
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
A Letter to Amy - Ezra Jack Keats (and many other books by Keats)
Happy to be Nappy - bell hooks
Baby Dance - Ann Taylor
One Love - Cedella Marley
Corduroy - Don Freeman
Whose Toes Are Those - Jabari Asim
Jamaica Tag-Along - Juanita Havill
We All Went On Safari - Laurie Krebs
Where Are You Bear: A Canadian Alphabet Adventure - Frieda Wishinsky
Kele's Secret - Tololwa M. Mollel
The Farmyard Jamboree - Margaret Read MacDonald
Peekaboo Morning - Rachel Isadora
The Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows has quite a few diverse characters with their own books.
(All titles are linked to the book's Amazon page)
(I really wish that list was much, much longer)
The publisher that I feel is the best at providing multicultural books is Barefoot Books. Their collection of books spans the globe, travelling to different countries and telling the tales of different cultures. No matter what your background, you will find something here that your kids can see themselves in.
As if finding diverse books for kids isn't hard enough, we face the extra challenge of our kids going to school in French and thus trying to find diverse French books. For this challenge, I have to give a huge shout out to Scholastic Canada. This is where we get 99% of our French books from and most of their books have a diverse set of characters.
And I can't end a post on multicultural kids books without sharing my favourite book growing up.
No word of a lie, Cleveland The Disco King by Vivian Green was my favourite book growing up (wow, did I just date myself there...)