Celebrate Diversity: Preschool–Grade 2

Books celebrating the universal and the unique in all of us. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
BrownMarisol McDonald Doesn’t Match
Marisol McDonald, a nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.
JE Bilingual Spanish Brown
ChoiThe Name Jar
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.
JE Choi
CohThe Seven Princesses
Part of a large, multiracial royal family, seven sisters couldn't be closer, until they have the biggest fight in the history of princess fighting.
JE Coh
FoxWhoever You Are
Despite our differences, there are similarities that bind us together.
JE Fox
FrameWinter Candle
When each family in a diverse apartment building needs something to light up the darkness, a single candle provides a glow bright enough for all.
JE Frame
HallHenry and the Kite Dragon
Children from Chinatown and Little Italy resolve a cultural conflict.
JE Hall
HoweBig Bob, Little Bob
Big Bob likes trucks and being loud. Little Bob likes dolls and being quiet. Can they be friends despite these differences?
JE Howe
IsadoraSay Hello!
A little girl greets people in her neighborhood in many different languages.
JE Isadora
JungmanThe Most Magnificent Mosque
When the king decides to tear down the beautiful Mosque of Cordoba, three friends—Muslim, Christian, and Jewish—decide something must be done.
JE Jungman
ManushkinHappy in Our Skin
All children can see themselves and open their eyes to the world around them in this celebration of skin in all its many wonderful forms.
JE Manushkin
MilgrimSome Monsters Are Different
Monsters are all perfectly wonderful just the way they are!
JE Milgrim
MossOne of Us
On her first day at a new school, Roberta searches for a group to fit in with.
JE Moss
O'BrienI’m New Here
Three children from other countries struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.
JE O'Brien
O'LearyA Family Is a Family Is a Family
When a teacher asks her students what makes their families special, some answers are different and some the same.
JE O'Leary
ParrBe Who You Are
Encourages kids to be proud of what makes them unique. See also It’s Okay to Be Different.
JE Parr
RaniaThe Sandwich Swap
Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.
JE Rania
RinggoldWe Came to America
Celebrates the United States’ diverse immigrant heritage.
JE Ringgold
RotnerShades of People
Photographs reveal the many beautiful shades of human skin. See also Families, shelved under JE306.85 RO.
JE Rotner
SchifferStella Brings the Family
Stella, who has two fathers, searches for a way to approach her school’s Mother’s Day celebration.
JE Schiffer
ShannonOne Family
Counting from one to ten, we see families of not only different sizes, but also of different colors and configurations.
JE Shannon
Madlenka goes around the block to show her friends her loose tooth and finds that it is like taking a trip around the world.
JE Sis
When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats, until one of them tries it for himself.
JE Wells
WoodsonThe Other Side
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.
JE Woodson

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
HarrisWho We Are! : All About Being the Same and Being Different
Nellie and Gus notice the many ways people may look different.
JE305.23 HA
HarrisWho’s in My Family? : All About Our Families
Nellie and Gus learn that wherever you go, there are all kinds of families.
J306.85 HA
RobertsWhat Makes Us Unique? : Our First Talk About Diversity
An accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences.
JE305.8 RO
StricklandThe Barefoot Book of Children
Wherever or however we live, there are things that set us apart from the crowd and things that bring us together.
J305.23 ST

Last Updated: 2/17


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