Here at The Honey POP, we celebrate diversity. We are all human, and we are all different, so we encourage others to celebrate who they are. To celebrate what makes them different, embrace it, and love it, whether you have a different religion, culture, race, gender, are neurodivergent, or anything in between – every single person on this Earth has an important purpose for their existence. This is why we are thrilled to see that one of our favorite artists, Tori Kelly, has written and published a children’s book celebrating what makes her different and teaching children early on that being different and unique is okay and beautiful.
About the book Tori says:
As someone who always felt like I was different from everyone else growing up I wanted to encourage young kids to embrace their individuality and characteristics that make them unique. This book isn’t just about loving yourself, it’s also about celebrating the different cultures around us. My hope is to inspire the next generation and show how beautifully diverse this world isTori Kelly on The Curly Girl Blues
She’s truly an inspiration, so we thought we’d create a list of eight children’s books that celebrate diversity and where to find them, including Tori’s new release. The Curly Girl Blues. So without further ado, let’s dive right in!
The Curly Girl Blues By Tori Kelly
Everybody looks different, and we often get caught in the trap of comparing ourselves to the appearance of others instead of celebrating ourselves. Follow along as Emma comes down with a case of ‘The Curly Girl Blues.’
Recommended For Ages: 2-6
Suki’s Kimono By Chieri Uegaki
Suki’s favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school — no matter what anyone says. When it’s Suki’s turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she’s soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class! Filled with gentle enthusiasm and a touch of whimsy, Suki’s Kimono is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march — and dance — to her own drumbeat.
Recommended For Ages: 4-8
Different: A Great Thing To Be By Heather Avis
Macy is a girl who’s a lot like you and me, but she’s also quite different, which is a great thing to be. With kindness, grace, and bravery, Macy finds her place in the world, bringing beauty and laughter wherever she goes and leading others to find delight in the unique design of every person.
Children are naturally aware of the differences they encounter at school, in their neighborhood, and in other everyday relationships. They just need to be given tools to understand and appreciate what makes us “different,” permission to ask questions about it, and eyes to see and celebrate it in themselves as well as in those around them.
Recommended For Ages: 3-7
I Am Whole By Shola Oz
I Am Whole is a delightful picture book to celebrate children of mixed backgrounds and cultures. Written with love to embrace the differences that come with being multi-racial, including language, family, and cultural traditions. This book encourages children to embrace their diversity and recognize that such differences make us whole
Recommended For Ages: 0-7
Mommy’s Khimar By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn.
A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears.
Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head.
A young girl plays dress-up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.
Recommended For Ages: 4-8
Go Show The World: A Celebration Of Indigenous Heroes By Wab Kinew
“We are a people who matter.” Inspired by President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea, and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.
Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go Show the World showcases a diverse group of Indigenous people in the US and Canada, both the more well known and the not- so-widely recognized. Individually, their stories, though briefly touched on, are inspiring; collectively, they empower the reader with this message: “We are people who matter, yes, it’s true; now let’s show the world what people who matter can do.”
Recommended For Ages: 5-9
Skin Like Mine By Latashia M. Perry
“Imagine a world with one hue of colors, how boring that would be.”
From the Creators of Hair Like Mine, ‘Skin Like Mine,’ the second book in the ‘Kids Like Mine Series,’ is a fun, easy-to-read for beginners as well as advanced readers. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Guaranteed to make you smile and a bit hungry.
Recommended For Ages:3-7
All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold
Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family, and classroom!
In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.
Discover a school where all young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.
Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.
Recommended For Ages: 2-6
There you have it, bookworms! Eight children’s books that celebrate diversity and where you can buy them! Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a grandparent, a librarian, etc., get out and raise/teach the next generation of caring bookworms!
Which of our recommendations was your favorite? Have you gotten to check out any of these titles for yourself? Are you excited about Tori Kelly’s new book as much as we are? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! You can also hit us up on Facebook and Instagram!
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