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7 Books That Teach Inclusion to Children

This blog post is part of our ongoing Diversity in Publishing series, focusing on the need for inclusion, equity, and diverse voices within the book industry. Read more posts here.

Have you read A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo? With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming picture book for adults and children alike, explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Everyone here at Chronicle Books has been celebrating the book’s (literal!) overnight success, and for making a sweet book with an important theme, too.

We can all agree that belonging and acceptance is one of the most important topics you can discuss with your child these days, so here are some more books that talk about inclusion in unique ways.

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Hello Hello

By Brendan Wenzel

In this beautiful book from the Caldecott Honor award winning creator of They All Saw a Cat, young children are introduced to an amazing array of animals. The rhyming text begins with simple concepts—like black and white and color—and gradually becomes more complicated with concepts like beauty. But while all the animals are different, they also share at least one trait that connects them, making children look for similarities among the differences. Find it here

 

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A Bear Sat on My Porch Today

By Jane Yolen, illustrated by Rilla Alexander

Animals invade a young girl’s porch, and at first she wants to shoo them away, but she comes to realize there’s room for all of them. A bouncy rhyming text with lots of fun sounds makes this a wonderful read-aloud. Find it here

 

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Her Right Foot

By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

Everyone knows what the Statue of Liberty looks like, but have you ever noticed she is actually walking? In a text that is funny and thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving, Dave Eggers ponders what Lady Liberty’s raised right foot really means, and how it captures what America and being American is all about. Find it here

 

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Stella Brings the Family

By Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton Brown

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, which sounds lovely, except that Stella doesn’t have a mother—she has two daddies. Stella’s clever solution to her dilemma will make every daddy (and mommy) cheer. Find it here

 

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This Is How We Do It

By Matt LaMothe

Seven real kids from around the world take you through a day in their lives: what they eat for breakfast, what their school looks like, how they play, how they help. Children will appreciate the differences, but what really shines through this gem of a book are the similarities: the importance of family, friends, love, the night sky. Find it here

 

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What Can a Citizen Do?

By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

Dave Eggers’s forthcoming picture book for kids is an empowering and inspiring exploration of what it means to be a good citizen—and how simple actions can make the world a better place. Find it here

 

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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

By Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

Marlon Bundo is in love with another male bunny, and they love each other so much they want to get married. Is this allowed? Not according to the Stink Bug in charge, but Marlon’s friends disagree. In the end, love conquers all—even Stink Bugs. Find it here

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If you liked this, check out these life lessons we learned from picture books, or these brilliant children’s books that teach us about our world.

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