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Whether you have multicultural children or not, diversity in children’s books are necessary. They are more than just stories. They can help break stereotypes, teach tolerance, and create an understanding that while people live their lives differently, we all have commonalities.
While it’s important for your kids to see that people have similarities even if they look different, it’s also good for your kids to understand that people have differences and that’s celebrated too.
By reading multicultural children’s books to your kids from an early age, you’re helping to normalize that people are different.
They can be conversation starters as well. Your kids can ask you questions about what they are seeing and reading and you can be there to talk about it and give them answers.
For example, when I read a book to my kids that was about a multiracial family, (similar to our own) my daughter asked why they had different traditions than our family does. So I was able to explain that not every family celebrates the same way or lives their day to day lives the same way.
That short conversation has stuck with her and she has brought it up a few times since then when we read stories and the characters have different traditions. She will bring up that not all families do things the same way!
For kids who are multicultural, books that feature multicultural kids or families can help them feel included and normalized because their families and cultures are reflected in the books they read everyday.
These are some of our favorite multicultural children’s books
These multicultural children’s books are a great way to introduce diversity into your kid’s lives. It’s also a great way to normalize children and families from other cultures to your kids whether they are from a multicultural family or not. Reading books and teaching your kids about differences now, can make an enormous impact in tolerance later in life!