20 Children's Books About Differences

Back to School 2013

Back to School meant a big talk about differences in my home. Last year my red-headed 6-year-old who had been mocked for the color of his hair suddenly took revenge and made fun of a child who is particularly short. Besides having a talk about it, I thought we needed some reinforcement from books which, for him, helps the principles of our family values sink in.

We've been able to purchase some, borrow some from the library and then there are several we'd love to have. We'd like our kids to understand tolerance and difference, that we're all the same despite our different skin colors, cultural background, different family types, heights, weights, skills, etc.

ROW ONE

1. Same, but little diff'rentby Kylie Dunstan.
2. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan.
3. A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Edward Hallowell.
4. The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen.
5. The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett.

ROW TWO

6. The Family Book by Todd Parr.
7. Mommy mama and me by Leslea Newman.
8. Pablo's Tree by Pat Mora.
9. Sometimes it's Grandmas and Grandpas by Gayl Byrne.
10. Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.

ROW THREE

11. Herb the vegetarian dragon by Jules Bass.
12. Being Wendy by Fran Drescher.
13. Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom.
14. Inside outby Frederick Alimonti.
15. The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz.

ROW FOUR

16. The Color of Us by Karen Katz.
17. We're different we're the same by Bobbi Jane Kates.
18. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.
19. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.
20. Shades of People by Shelley Rotner.

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