Books for Kids on Understanding Diversity, Identity, and Celebrating Differences

Check out the following list of books about celebrating and understanding diversity, cultural identity, and self-esteem. Consider reading these books with your children as a springboard for having ongoing conversations regarding racism, violence towards others, and understanding differences.


• Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly (2010)
• What I like about Me! By Allia Zobel Nolan and Miki Sakamoto (2009, ages 5-9)
• Whoever You Are by Mem Fox (2006, ages 4-7)
• The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko (2005)
• A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan (2005, ages 3-5)
• Skin Like Mine by Latasha M. Perry (2016, Part of a series Kids Like Mine) – self-esteem and self-reliance
• I am Brown: by Ashok Banker
• It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr (2009, ages 3-5) – self -esteem, self-reliance, emotions and feelings
• Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (2019)
• Natsumi’s Song of Summer by Robert Paul Weston
• We all Sing with the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller & Sheppard M. Greene (2005)
• Look What Brown Can Do? by T. Marie Harris (2015)
• You Are Just Right: Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity by Joni Crimmins (2019)
• All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (2018)