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Best Books on Inclusion and Diversity

Embark on a journey towards a more inclusive world with the top books on inclusion and diversity. These titles have received widespread acclaim and recognition for their contributions to social awareness, as evidenced by their frequent features in well-regarded article roundups.

Recommendations from 65 articles, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and 81 others.
Best Books on Inclusion and Diversity
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All Are Welcome
Alexandra Penfold - 2018-07-10
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Celebrate diversity and inclusivity with this heartwarming picture book! Follow a group of students through a day in their school, where kids of all backgrounds and traditions are welcomed with open arms. See hijabs, yarmulkes, and baseball caps play side-by-side and learn from each other. The perfect encouragement for all kids to embrace their unique identity and celebrate the differences that make our community stronger.
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The Name Jar
Yangsook Choi - 2003-10-14 (first published in 2001)
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A heartwarming tale of a new kid in school struggling to find acceptance in an unfamiliar culture. When Unhei moves to America from Korea, she worries about fitting in with her new classmates who struggle to pronounce her name. In an effort to make things easier, she decides to choose a new name, but her classmates decide to help her out by filling a jar with potential options. However, as Unhei learns more about her own identity and the meaning behind her name, she discovers the courage to embrace her heritage and introduce herself as Yoon-Hey. The Name Jar is a touching story about the importance of cultural understanding, self-acceptance, and friendship.
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Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña - 2015-01-08
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A heartwarming story about a young boy and his grandma who ride the bus across town every Sunday after church. CJ begins to question why they don't have a car or iPod like his friends, but his grandma helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them.
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So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo - 2018-01-16
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This New York Times bestseller by Ijeoma Oluo takes an unflinching look at race in America, covering everything from intersectionality to white privilege. With empathy and clarity, Oluo provides readers with the tools to engage in honest conversations about racism, even in difficult situations like confronting a friend's racist jokes or discussing white privilege. A must-read for anyone looking to educate themselves on race in America and take productive anti-racist action.
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Antiracist Baby Picture Book
Ibram X. Kendi - 2020-06-16
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Empower parents and kids to uproot racism with this National Book Award-winning author's 9x9 picture book, now with added prompts to help recognize and reflect on bias in daily life. Follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world in this playful yet thoughtful book filled with bold art. Perfect for initiating critical conversations about antiracism with readers of all ages who are dedicated to forming a just society. Featured on Good Morning America, NPR, CBS This Morning, and more!
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Strictly No Elephants
Lisa Mantchev - 2015-01-01
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A heartwarming picture book that celebrates the diversity of pets and the power of friendship. When a boy's pet elephant is rejected by the local Pet Club for being different, he sets out to show them that true friends come in all shapes and sizes. With imaginative storytelling and charming illustrations, this book captures the magic of unconventional friendships and the joy of pet ownership.
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I Am Enough
Grace Byers - 2018-03-06
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A lyrical and stunning picture book, I Am Enough encourages self-love and kindness towards others. The talented Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo offer an important message for readers of all ages: we are here for a purpose and are more than enough. An ideal gift for mothers, daughters, and graduates, this book is a heartwarming addition to any library.
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The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson - 2018-08-28
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A moving story about finding courage to connect with others, "The Day You Begin" by a National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez explores the feeling of being different and the bravery it takes to step into the unknown. Through lyrical text and dazzling art, readers are reminded that we all feel like outsiders sometimes, but by sharing our stories, we can find connection and acceptance.
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The Culture Map
Erin Meyer - 2014-05-27
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"The Culture Map" by Erin Meyer is a must-read for anyone navigating the globalized and virtual world of business. With insights and guidance from a renowned expert, this book explores the subtleties and challenges of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. From Americans who sugarcoat criticism to Germans who get straight to the point, understanding cultural differences can make or break a career. With a field-tested model and practical advice, this book decodes the impact of culture on international business success.
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Hidden Biases of Good People
Mahzarin R. Banaji - 2013-02-12
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Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald explores how hidden biases affect our perceptions of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. With the help of the Implicit Association Test, the authors reveal how our beliefs and behavior are shaped unconsciously. By gaining awareness, we can adapt and "outsmart the machine" in our heads to be fairer to those around us. This engaging and accessible book challenges readers to understand their own minds and change their behavior.
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
Lovely by Jess Hong
We Can't Talk about That at Work! by Mary-Frances Winters
Red by Michael Hall
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
Everywhere Babies by Susan Marla, Meyers Frazee
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang
Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Speak Up by Miranda Paul
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
Better Allies by Karen Catlin
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown
The Loudest Duck by Laura A. Liswood
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'O
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
The Memo by Minda Harts
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez
You Matter by Christian Robinson
Inclusion on Purpose by Ruchika Tulshyan, Ijeoma Oluo
By Allia Zobel Nolan - What I Like About Me! by Miki (Ilt) Sakamoto Allia Zobel-Nolan Miki Sakamoto
Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham
Inclusion by Jennifer Brown
The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Don't Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb
Diversity in the Workplace by Bärí A. Williams
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Athena Rising by W. Brad Johnson
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman
Different is Awesome by Ryan Haack
Just Because by Rebecca Elliott
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
White Rage by Carol Anderson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
March by John Lewis
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison