A Holiday Celebration of Inclusive Books for Kids
Diverse Tales Illuminating Bright Futures
Unwrapping Diversity with 9 Recommendations by MK Kids Interiors!
In a world where fostering understanding and empathy is crucial, these nine incredible stories serve as more than just presents; they are powerful tools to nurture open minds and compassionate hearts in our little ones. Although we’re writing this post near Christmas, the relevance of these diverse tales extends far beyond the holiday season.
Before delving into the list, let’s explore why it is crucial to have a variety of diverse books on our little ones’ bookshelves.
Cultural Understanding: Books that explore various cultures and traditions help children develop a broader understanding of the world around them.
Empathy Building: Exposure to characters from diverse backgrounds fosters empathy.
Breaking Stereotypes: Challenges stereotypes and inspires children to dream big, regardless of their background or gender. It’s crucial to instill the belief that anyone can achieve greatness.
Language Development: Introduces children to the richness of language and celebrates linguistic diversity, promoting a love for words and communication.
Representation Matters: Allow children to see themselves in the stories they read and reinforcing a sense of pride in their identity.
Building an Anti-Racist Generation: Laying the foundation for an anti-racist generation by teaching children about the importance of respect and equality.
Obviously, there are numerous excellent books in this context, but here is a list of our favorite diverse books at MK Kids Interiors, which may be updated!
- “I AM GOLDEN“ by Eva Chen : We see eyes that point toward the sun, that give us the warmth and joy of a thousand rays when you smile. We see hair as inky black and smooth as a peaceful night sky. We see skin brushed with gold.
- “THE PROUDEST BLUE“ by S.K. Ali : A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
- “THE YEAR WE LEARNED TO FLY“ by Rafael Lopez: On a dreary, stuck-inside kind of day, a brother and sister heed their grandmother’s advice: “Use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours. Lift your arms, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and believe in a thing.
- “EYES THAT SPEAK TO THE STARS” by Joanna Ho: A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them.
- “STACEY’S EXTRAORDINARY WORDS” by Kitt: Stacey is a little girl who loves words more than anything. She loves reading them, sounding them out, and finding comfort in them when things are hard.
- “GIB.BER.ISH“ by Young Vo: It’s Dat’s first day of school in a new country! Dat and his Mah made a long journey to get here, and Dat doesn’t know the language.
- “HAIR LOVE“ by Matthew A. Cherry: When mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to do his daughter’s hair in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestseller Vashti Harrison.
- “BIG” by Vashti Harrison: This deeply moving story shares valuable lessons about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance.
- “POWWOW DAY” by Traci Sorell: When mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to do his daughter’s hair in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestseller Vashti Harrison.
This holiday season, let’s come together and gift the joy of reading. Share this blog post with friends, family, and anyone who can find it useful. Together, let’s plant the seeds of acceptance, appreciation, and a brighter, more inclusive future for our children.
MK Kids Interiors xXx