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

Add these books to your child's bookshelf, pronto

Carla Challis

When looking to fill your child's bookshelf with inspirational children's books, this is the list for you - after all, it's never too early to start talking to your children about race, diversity and acceptance. Tackling such important and complex subjects might feel overwhelming, but one of the best ways is through children's books celebrating diversity.

They're a digestable way to introduce these important topics and a great way of easing into conversations with your kids. There are now, thankfully, more and more diverse children's books covering race, religion, inclusivity, tolerance and empathy. Fill your child's bookshelf up with these brilliant kids' books:

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Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer, £5.75, Amazon

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An easy way to teach kids that there isn't a cookie cutter for family - they're made of all types of set-ups, with one common theme: love.

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I Like To Be Kind by Marie Paruit, £5.42, Amazon

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This is perfect for kids who are starting to feel their emotions - without understanding them. It explores kindness, what it is and how we can be kinder.

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Little Feminist Board Book Set by Emily Kleinman, £10.35, Amazon

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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.

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All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell, from £7.31, Amazon

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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!

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Under The Love Umbrella by Davina Bell, £6.55, Amazon

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A stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that is always with us, wherever we roam in the big, wild world. 

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Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs, from £5.99, Amazon

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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.

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This Love by Isabel Otter, from £6.55, 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.

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The Girls by Lauren Ace, from £9.16, Amazon

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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.

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

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

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Martin Luther King Jr by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, £6.99, 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.

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My Hair by Hannah Lee, from £5.03, Amazon

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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?

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The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, £5.94, Amazon

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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.

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Saturday by Oge Mora, £11.99, Amazon

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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.

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Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohen, from £6.39, Amazon

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Whoever You Are By Mem Fox, from £3.63, Amazon

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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.

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The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, from £6.30, Amazon

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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.

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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, from £6.55, Amazon

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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.

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All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, £5.68, Amazon

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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.

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