Happy Pride Month! Children’s books can be both mirrors and windows on the world…Mirrors that reflect a child’s own life, and windows that allow them to learn about someone else’s reality. Cedar Mill Libraries offer many children’s books that introduce a rainbow of diverse families to your child. Here are a few we recommend:
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino: Morris likes preschool…especially the dress-up center where he enjoys putting on the tangerine dress. The kids ridicule him. The adults accept his behavior without shaming him. Eventually, the other children do, too. Kids will recognize the themes of bullying, individuality, and the importance of kindness.
In My Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco: Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers. In true Polacco style, this author shares a story about a house full of love and led by two mothers, teaching their children that different does not necessarily mean wrong.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer: Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? It’s not that Stella doesn’t have someone who helps her with her homework or tucks her in at night. Fortunately, Stella finds a solution to her party problem.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall: A clever, allegorical story about having the courage to be true to yourself! Everyone tries to change Red to be and to do “red things”. But he just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective. And he does blue beautifully!
Different Families by Rebecca Pettiford: From the “Celebrating Differences”series by Bullfrog Books, this book contains a nice array of pictures with a variety of different families, e.g. divorced parents sharing custody, children being raised by a single parent or a grandma, adopted and fostered children as well as gay parents.
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings: From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. Here is the true story of a transgender child based on Jazz’s real-life experiences.
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner: With the help of his two dads, Nate decides to wear an alien costume for Purim instead of caving in to peer pressure to dress up as a superhero.
Why Children’s Books That Teach Diversity Are More Important Than Ever (article from The Conversation)