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17 best children's books to help teach kids about diversity

Add these books to your child's bookshelf, pronto

Carla Challis

If you're looking for inspirational children's books for Christmas, this is the list for you - after all, it's never too early to start talking to your children about race, diversity and acceptance. In fact, the time is NOW, whatever their age.

Tackling such important and complex subjects might feel overwhelming, but one of the best ways is through diverse children's books. They're a fun way to introduce these important topics to kids and a great way to start conversations, and there are now, thankfully, more and more diverse children's books covering race, religion, inclusivity, tolerance and empathy.

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Babies will love the colourful illustrations and short, fun words in this board book set, celebrating a diverse line-up of amazing women throughout history, including Rosa Parks, Indira Gandhi and Frida Khalo.


Little Feminist Board Book Set by Emily Kleinman, £10.37, Amazon


A joyful celebration of all the qualities that make each child unique, we love the message of this book - that there are many ways for a kid to be smart. Cute!


All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell, £10.99, Amazon


From actor Taye Diggs and his best friend Shane Evans is this lovely book about a boy who is teased for being different - and his mother, who teaches him to see how beautiful he really is.


Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs, £5.63, Amazon


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It doesn't matter who we are or what we look like - this book teaches that love is love, and personally, we couldn't love it more.


This Love by Isabel Otter, from £8.99, Amazon


With a focus on female friendships, empathy and acceptance, The Girls follows four diverse girls who become best friends, and the women they grow up to be.


The Girls by Lauren Ace, from £5.94, Amazon


Children can learn their ABCs while learning about challenging concepts too with ABC of Equality.


An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing, from £5.49, Amazon


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If there's one person your children should know about, it's Martin Luther King Jr. This book tells his life story in a child-friendly way, and will leave them completely inspired.


Martin Luther King Jr by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, £7.55, Amazon


We love this gorgeous book about a little girl deciding how to wear her hair for her birthday - will it be dreads, braids, a twist out or a high top fade?


My Hair by Hannah Lee, from £5.03, Amazon


One of the best books to teach children how to embrace their similarities and differences with its punchy prose and fun illustrations is The Same But Different Too.


The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, £5.77, Amazon


A warm and tender tale of a mother and daughter rushing around on a Saturday, but nothing goes to plan – until the daughter reminds her mum that the most important thing about their day is sharing and spending time together.


Saturday by Oge Mora, £12.43, Amazon


Hats of Faith will help to open up the discussion of faith and religion; this book celebrates the shared custom of head coverings.


Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohen, from £6.35, Amazon


Philly & Friends: Who Do I See In The Mirror? gently empowers the reader, teaching kids to embrace their beauty and others, both inside and out.


Philly & Friends: Who Do I See In The Mirror? by Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu, £10, Philly & Friends


A simple story packing a powerful punch, this education picture book proves colours are for everyone, whatever their gender.


Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, £12.99, Waterstones


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Kids all over the world are laughing, crying, playing and learning - Whoever You Are celebrates that they might not all look the same, but they're alike in many ways.


Whoever You Are By Mem Fox, from £3.84, Amazon


Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad’s debut children's book is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the bond between siblings and of being strong and proud of who you are.


The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, from £6.55, Amazon


This colourful celebration of individuality and gender fluidity is full of warmth and acceptance. You'll love the illustrations as much as your child, too.


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, from £5.94, Amazon


All Are Welcome follows a group of children at school, who are all welcomed with open arms and learn from each other and their differences.


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, £5.94, Amazon


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