Diversity and Difference

A crowd of people from around the world

All Kinds of People by Emma Damon (Tango Books)
This is a very old lift-the-flap book but it is great for looking at similarities and differences in people and celebrating diversity.

Don’t Call Me Special: A first look at disability by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker (Wayland)
This book, available secondhand online, introduces children to different types of disability.

Global Babies by Global Fund for Children (Charlesbridge Publishing)
A book of photographs of babies from around the world.

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr (Little Brown)
Todd Parr uses bright and colourful illustrations to celebrate difference and multiculturalism.

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis and Suzanne DeSimone (Aladdin)
Picture book written by the mother of a boy who loves the colour pink and likes to wear dresses.

My World, Your World by Melanie Walsh (Corgi Children’s)
Simple book that explains although people live in different places and speak different languages, they are basically the same.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury (Walker)
Wonderful picture book featuring illustrations of babies of different ethnicities accompanied by a rhythmical and rhyming text.

The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith (Frances Lincoln)
A look at the many different types of family that exist.

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
Duck finds an egg and is determined to look after it despite what the other birds say.

The Monster from Halfway to Nowhere by Max Velhuijs (North-South Books)
The tales in this book give a lesson about judging by appearances.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books)
Classic tale of a little fish who is different to all of the others.

This is My Family: A first look at same-sex parents by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker (Barron’s Educational)
Picture book that explains no matter what type of relationship parents are in, they all love their children just the same.

Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow)
A little girl and a troll feel that they do not fit in with their respective families and so decide to swap.

We Are All Born Free by Amnesty International (Frances Lincoln)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures for young children.

What I like About Me! by all Zobel-Nolan (Reader’s Digest)
Celebrating being individual and different.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and Leslie Staub (Harcourt Children’s Books)
A beautiful picture book that delivers a message about how although everyone looks different on the outside, they are all essentially the same inside.

Yuck! That’s Not a Monster by Angela McAllister and Alison Edgson (Little Tiger Press) A lovely story about why it is fine to be different.