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Talk to Your Child About Inclusion With These 7 Outstanding Books

My favorite thing to do is read and I am thrilled that it’s my son’s favorite activity as well! There is nothing better than snuggling up with your child and a good book. I’m always trying to keep our collection diverse in subject matter and I love books that talk about differences between people. It’s so important for our children to understand that everyone is different and not only is that okay, but it’s something to celebrate too! What better way to talk about inclusion with your children than through books? Here are some of my favorites that I hope will become yours as well! (Click on the title or image to be directed to Amazon if you see one you have to have in your home library! Otherwise, bookmark this post and check with the local library to see if you can rent a book from them for free.)

We’re All Wonders By R.J. Palacio 


Meet Auggie, a regular little boy who shows you that he’s just like everyone else even though he looks different. This is a great book to talk about empathy and kindness towards others.

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Join Stella as she introduces her two dads to the class during their Mother’s Day celebration. A fantastic read about family and acceptance.

This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World By Matt Lamothe


Your children will love learning about other countries with this book. Seven children from different countries take you on a tour of what their lives look like on any given day. A lovely way to show differences and highlight our common experiences as well.

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary


Children at school explore their own families and share their similarities and differences with their class. I love how this book explores the many different types of families and what makes them special in their own way.

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev


This sweet and simple story follows a boy and his pet who isn’t allowed to join a club because he’s different than the other animals. An endearing tale about the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña


An amazing story of a boy and his grandmother traveling by bus through the city and exploring their differences. This book explores socioeconomic diversity in a wonderful and compassionate way.

Hello My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe


This story is perfect for any child who has ever felt different. It’s a sweet simple book that shows that everyone wants and needs friends.

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