Some of our favorite books to teach diversity and inclusion

by Brianna Fanelli February 17, 2019

Some of our favorite books to teach diversity and inclusion

If you've been into our San Diego store, you've probably noticed we have a large book selection. What you might not know, is that every book we carry is specifically chosen for its message. If you catch me in the store, I'm always more than happy to talk about, or help you select the perfect books to add to the shelves of a little one in your life. Buying books for the store is a true "Passion Project", and a responsibility I don't take lightly. 

I believe that by intentionally selecting the books we read to our children, we are afforded a unique opportunity to shape the way they view themselves, the people around them, and their responsibilities as a citizen of the world. The simple act of reading to our children daily can be truly revolutionary.  

Below, I've compiled a list of a few of my favorite books that teach young children about differences, acceptance, and love. 

Neither - By Arlie Anderson
This colorful, simple, and touching story promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences: it is our differences that unite us.

It's Okay to be Different - By Todd Parr
This book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others.

Pink is for Boys - By Robb Pearlman
This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. 

Hats of Faith - By Medeia Cohan
With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.

Love is Love - By Michael Genhart
This sweet and straightforward story shows that gay families and straight families and everything in between are all different kinds of normal. What makes a family real is the love that is shared.

In Our Mother's House - By Patricia Polacco
How can a family have two moms and no dad? Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong.

Stella Brings the Family By Miriam B. Schiffer
This is a sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

Rock What Ya Got - By Samantha Berger
In this affirmation of self-identity and girl power, a child’s memorable mantra offers a timeless lesson, reminding readers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities that it’s okay to be yourself

Beautiful - Stacy McAnulty
BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends

The Day you Begin By Rafael 

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Around the World in the Bathtub  By Wade Bradford

Explore bathing practices in different countries and cultures in this lively, colorful picture book.

We are all Dots: A Big Plan For a Better World - By Giancarlo Macri
The perfect book for any child curious about differences and diversity, this visually driven story bears a decidedly modern and inspiring message about compassion, cooperation, and a sense of shared humanity

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag - By Rob Sanders
Award-winning author Rob Sanders’s stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable – and undertold – story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride. 

Be Who You Are - By Todd Parr
Who better than Todd Parr to remind kids that their unique traits are what make them so special? With his signature silly and accessible style, Parr encourages readers to embrace all their unique qualities.


Brianna Fanelli
Brianna Fanelli