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There are countless benefits of choosing a book that represents a diverse culture and experience from one’s own. I am a diverse book advocate and review and share amazing diverse books daily on my Instagram @prettyinprimary. I have noticed the increase celebration of diverse books and representation in society by other people, publishers, authors and companies, such as Radio Flyer.
Highlighting diversity allows children and people of all backgrounds and cultures to see themselves reflected in books. Diverse books and representative images are now seen as beneficial rather than a limitation.
Diverse books are not only important to students from diverse backgrounds. All students of various backgrounds, cultures and languages can benefit from diverse books because they provide a profound impact on the way children view others in the world.
Here are my top 3 reasons as to why diverse books matter:
Diverse books serve as a mirror.
Diverse books provide children with the opportunity to see themselves. When children read stories and see images of people that look like them, they are looking at a reflection of themselves. It’s powerful for children to read stories and see images of people with shared culture, history, background, and language. This helps students develop pride in themselves and their identity, which boosts self-esteem.
Diverse books serve as a window.
Diverse books offer kids a peak into the lives of children of various backgrounds and culture other than their own. Racially diverse books allow children to see the world from other people’s eyes and their life experiences. This helps children learn empathy and acceptance. This education and understanding can decrease racism, biases, prejudice, and discrimination.
Diverse books build community and inclusivity.
Diverse books bring people together. Seeing diverse representation and images in books helps change our views and attitudes towards those who are different from us. We develop empathy and understand the world around us. We are also able to understand and relate to each other when we read stories and view images that are different from our own racial background and experiences. This is a powerful way to build a strong community that embraces people of various backgrounds.
Here are 6 of my favorite books of the season. They’re perfect to add to your library list for summer break!
6 Spring & Summer Diverse Books for Kids
Blue by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
One Hundred Percent Me by Renee Macalino
Yes We Will: Asian-Americans Who Shaped This Country by Kelly Yang
A History of Me by Adrea Theodore
We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Color Protecting the Planet by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig
The Peach Pit Parade by Shana Keller
Explore these titles and more at Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, a Chicago-based Black woman-owned bookstore. Orders can be picked up in store or delivered to your address.
Diverse representation teaches our children about others and encourages them to respect and understand all types of people.