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Best Books on Inclusion and Diversity

Recommendations from 29 articles, Barack Obama, Jack Dorsey, Olivia Wilde and 20 others.
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Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña - Jan 08, 2015
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Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty...
The Name Jar
Yangsook Choi - Oct 14, 2003 (first published in 2001)
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The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the foll...
All Are Welcome
Alexandra Penfold - Jul 10, 2018
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A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn fro...
Strictly No Elephants
Lisa Mantchev - Oct 27, 2015
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When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just lik...
Whoever You Are
Mem Fox - Sep 01, 2006
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Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike. Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations. At a tim...
The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson - Aug 28, 2018
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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.There are many reasons to feel d...
Lovely
Jess Hong - Oct 01, 2017
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Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!...
So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo - Sep 24, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in AmericaWidespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you te...
Red
A Crayon's Story
Michael Hall - Feb 03, 2015
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A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles th...
Antiracist Baby Picture Book
Ibram X. Kendi - Jul 14, 2020
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a new 9x9 picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves, now with added discussion prompts to help readers recognize and reflect on bias in their daily lives.Featured on Good Morning America,...
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Everywhere Babies by Susan Marla;Meyers Frazee
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
By Allia Zobel Nolan - What I Like About Me! by Miki (ILT) Sakamoto Allia Zobel-Nolan Miki Sakamoto
All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph
Different is Awesome by Ryan Haack
Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
March by John Lewis
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown
The Memo by Minda Harts
Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang
All The Ways To Be Smart by
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb
Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan
I Believe I Can by Grace Byers
We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien
We March by Shane W. Evans
The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones
Don't Call Me Special by Pat Thomas
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
No Pity by Joseph P. Shapiro
Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire
Families by Shelley Rotner
Leah's Voice by Lori Demonia
Lucy's Umbrella by Sara Madden
Some Kids Use Wheelchairs by Lola M. Schaefer
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
Just Because by Rebecca Elliott
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck
Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
Star of the Week by Darlene Friedman
One Family by George Shannon
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best
The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric