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This isn’t what I had planned on posting this month. But my heart has been heavy reading responses from friends on both sides of the aisle to the recent presidential election. There is fear of racism and persecution (and now actual occurrences of such). There are unfounded generalizations and accusations. There is lack of empathy for those with fears.

And since I don’t quite know how to encourage people to listen to each other better, I’m going to recommend something else. Read diverse books with your children. Guard their hearts from racism. Talk with them. Help them see life through another person’s eyes. That way, in another twenty years, when our country disagrees on politics (which is always will), perhaps we can have a discourse instead of a mud fight.

I wrote this poem about a month ago in honor of Sarah Mackenzie of the Read-Aloud Revival and all she does to encourage parents to read to their kids. It seemed appropriate to this post.

On a Personal Note

Those of us who are white may not get what a big deal racism is. I’ve had a small taste of it (an accusation made over the phone based on my last name), and while the experience left me feeling violated and ill, I new view it as a gift. I know what a tiny taste of racism feels like on the receiving end. And anything I can do to stop it, I will. That’s what makes books like the ones on the following list so important for our children.

If you are a Christian like me, these kinds of books are doubly important. We see in the Bible that all people are made in God’s image, that He loves the whole world, and that He longs for people of every tribe, tongue, and nation to follow Him. If our Lord views all people as equally worthy of love, we can do no less than to follow in his footsteps.

So, here a few of my favorite diverse books in various categories, as well as what’s next on my reading list.

Diverse Picture Books

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña 

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

People by Peter Spier

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

A Weed Is a Flower by Aliki

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul

Children Just Like Me: A New Celebration of Children Around the World

Diverse Early Reader/Chapter Books

Ling and Ting books by Grace Lin (Read my review HERE)

Anna Hibiscus book by Atinuke

Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanore Estes

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Diverse Middle-Grade Novels

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Read my review HERE)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Ashtown Burials Series by N.D. Wilson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Read my review HERE)

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (Read my review HERE)

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Resource for Choosing Multi-Cultural Books

Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

What Diverse Books I’m Planning to Read Next

Here’s what’s on my reading list. What’s on yours? A Poem for PeterA Single Shard, Rickshaw Girl, Brown Girl Dreaming

What diverse books have you read with your kids?

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