Culturally Diverse Picture Books

Windows and mirrors allow children to see themselves represented and look into the lives of others who are different. These books are aimed at children aged…
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It’s the first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. She promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade? Disappointed and upset, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade. Books, Costumes, Illustrators, Biographies, Childrens Books, Childrens, Black History, Childrens Stories, Children's Book Awards
Malaika's Costume
It’s the first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. She promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade? Disappointed and upset, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.
It's the day of the hockey game and Kareema is about to take the first step into the world of hockey. Unsure of what's ahead, she enters the changeroom and meets her new teammates, a group of young players who are also wondering if they will fit in with the team and find their place in the game. Their coach arrives with brand new uniforms and Kareema and her teammates take to the ice ready to play for the first time, and she realises something unique about hockey as her biggest fans cheer her on Cheerleading, Chelsea Fc, Ice Hockey, Ready To Play, Children’s Books, Chelsea Charles, Richardson, Hockey Games
The Hockey Jersey
It's the day of the hockey game and Kareema is about to take the first step into the world of hockey. Unsure of what's ahead, she enters the changeroom and meets her new teammates, a group of young players who are also wondering if they will fit in with the team and find their place in the game. Their coach arrives with brand new uniforms and Kareema and her teammates take to the ice ready to play for the first time, and she realises something unique about hockey as her biggest fans cheer her on
A girl retells the story of the legendary female warrior she admires, who long ago fought bravely to protect her people. Hua Mulan learned to ride horses and fight with a spear from her father. When her people were under attack, the army needed more men. To spare her ailing father, Mulan disguised herself as a man and rode to war. Mulan's bravery and skills won her wide acclaim, but her true identity was never revealed. When the war ended, Mulan returned home to find her family safe and happy. New Books, Disney Characters, Hua Mulan, True Identity, Bravery, Mulan, Retelling, Children's Literature
I Am Hua Mulan
A girl retells the story of the legendary female warrior she admires, who long ago fought bravely to protect her people. Hua Mulan learned to ride horses and fight with a spear from her father. When her people were under attack, the army needed more men. To spare her ailing father, Mulan disguised herself as a man and rode to war. Mulan's bravery and skills won her wide acclaim, but her true identity was never revealed. When the war ended, Mulan returned home to find her family safe and happy.
Crescent Moon Friends is about 2 best friends Amelia and Aisha. While the pair is from Canada and Afghanistan, the girls reconcile their differences through exploration of the values they share. This book initiates a family conversation about Islam, explores tradition and language, and brings the girls closer together as a result. It is our hope that the book will be used to create a warm environment for refugees resettling in Atlantic Canada from the Middle East. Teaching, Friends, Moon, Crescent Moon, Picture Book, Crescent, Board Books, Words
Crescent Moon Friends
Crescent Moon Friends is about 2 best friends Amelia and Aisha. While the pair is from Canada and Afghanistan, the girls reconcile their differences through exploration of the values they share. This book initiates a family conversation about Islam, explores tradition and language, and brings the girls closer together as a result. It is our hope that the book will be used to create a warm environment for refugees resettling in Atlantic Canada from the Middle East.
Saajin loves his name, so that he sees it spelled out in the world around him in his snacks, in the sky and he even sings it aloud. On his 1st day of school, Saajin is excited, but then the teacher mispronounces his name as Say-jin and he is not sure how-or if he should-correct her and all his new classmates. After trying to live with it for a while and some conversations with his family about the meaning behind it, Saajin realizes the importance of reclaiming his name and embracing his identity Snacks, Singh, My Name Is, Diverse Books, Book Authors, Author, Cultural Identity, Juvenile Fiction
My Name is Saajin Singh
Saajin loves his name, so that he sees it spelled out in the world around him in his snacks, in the sky and he even sings it aloud. On his 1st day of school, Saajin is excited, but then the teacher mispronounces his name as Say-jin and he is not sure how-or if he should-correct her and all his new classmates. After trying to live with it for a while and some conversations with his family about the meaning behind it, Saajin realizes the importance of reclaiming his name and embracing his identity
In this book, children will learn about the festival of Eid ul Adha. Told in story form,The book touches on the significance of this festival and the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim A.S. Children will learn why Muslims sacrifice animals on the festival of Eid ul Adha and why Hajj is one of the important pillars of Islam. Learning, Children, Eid Ul Adha, Eid, Prophet, Islam, Pillars Of Islam, Sacrifice, The Lives Of Others
Eid-Ul-Adha
In this book, children will learn about the festival of Eid ul Adha. Told in story form,The book touches on the significance of this festival and the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim A.S. Children will learn why Muslims sacrifice animals on the festival of Eid ul Adha and why Hajj is one of the important pillars of Islam.
It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a very, very large rat. He soon learns it's actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, Badir, who knows firsthand how difficult it is to leave your home behind, rallies his classmates to save it. Canadian Animals, Canadian, Chapter Books, Fiction, Beaver, Book Reader, Middle Grade Books, Early
Badir And The Beaver
It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a very, very large rat. He soon learns it's actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, Badir, who knows firsthand how difficult it is to leave your home behind, rallies his classmates to save it.
Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly--and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday. Instagram, Ramadan, Muslim, Pizzas, Ramadan Kids, Muslim Family, Our Body, Muslim Kids
Gift of Ramadan
Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly--and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday.
I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in―of being brown, of being amazing, of being you. I Am Beautiful, Good Books, Empowering Books, Banker
I Am Brown
I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in―of being brown, of being amazing, of being you.
Kiki is a young boy, growing up in Cuba in a house by the sea. He lives with his uncle and grandmother ever since his father sailed off across the ocean in search of a new life. One night, Kiki dreams about a ghost-like woman in white. He is amazed to encounter her the next day on a nearby beach, the same beach his father sailed off from. She leaves him a mysterious gift of colorful stones that give him newfound hope to be reunited with his father. Crocodile, English, Young Reader, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Mystery
Mysterious Stones
Kiki is a young boy, growing up in Cuba in a house by the sea. He lives with his uncle and grandmother ever since his father sailed off across the ocean in search of a new life. One night, Kiki dreams about a ghost-like woman in white. He is amazed to encounter her the next day on a nearby beach, the same beach his father sailed off from. She leaves him a mysterious gift of colorful stones that give him newfound hope to be reunited with his father.
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo's ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe's little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he's best at--sumo, and being a big brother. Reading, Iwata, Easy Chapter Books, Favorite Books, Political Science, Read Aloud, Book Publishing, Hardcover
Sumo Joe
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo's ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe's little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he's best at--sumo, and being a big brother.
Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party but he wants it to be a surprise. Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Ezra Jack Keats, Author Studies, Friendly Letter, Amy
Letter To Amy
Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party but he wants it to be a surprise. Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends.
In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other. With tenderness and wit, this story captures the magic of building strong childhood memories. The Browns and Syed celebrate the special bond between parent and child with joy and flair...Syed's bright, cartoon illustrations enrich the tale with a meaningful message of kindness and inclusion. History, Design, Childhood Memories
I Am Perfectly Designed
In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other. With tenderness and wit, this story captures the magic of building strong childhood memories. The Browns and Syed celebrate the special bond between parent and child with joy and flair...Syed's bright, cartoon illustrations enrich the tale with a meaningful message of kindness and inclusion.
A little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day. Ma misses the sun, warmth and colors of home, but her daughter sees magic in everything -- the clouds in the winter sky, the "firework" display when she throws an armful of snow into the air, making snow angels, tasting snowflakes. And in the end, her joy is contagious. Home is where family is, after all. Country, Warmth, Helping Kids, Snow Angels, How To Make Snow, Snowy Day, Winter Sky, Child
Two Drops of Brown
A little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day. Ma misses the sun, warmth and colors of home, but her daughter sees magic in everything -- the clouds in the winter sky, the "firework" display when she throws an armful of snow into the air, making snow angels, tasting snowflakes. And in the end, her joy is contagious. Home is where family is, after all.
This book includes a diverse array of characters and celebrates gay parents, single parents, blended families, and other family groups rarely seen in board books. Family Boards, Single Parenting, Family, Best Baby Book, Busy Toddler, The Napping House
My family, Your Family
This book includes a diverse array of characters and celebrates gay parents, single parents, blended families, and other family groups rarely seen in board books.
It's the week before winter vacation, and it has snowed so much that Carrie has the day off from school. She wants to earn money shoveling so she can buy her mother a Christmas present. But what? As she goes from house to house, Carrie finds that everybody is making soup. Carrie's neighbors come from many places so each one is making a different kind of soup, from southern corn chowder to Japanese miso shiru. And as she collects recipes, Carrie begins to get an idea of what to give her mother. Kinds Of Soup, Soup, Corn Chowder, Day Off, Records, Christmas Presents, Presents
Everybody Serves Soup
It's the week before winter vacation, and it has snowed so much that Carrie has the day off from school. She wants to earn money shoveling so she can buy her mother a Christmas present. But what? As she goes from house to house, Carrie finds that everybody is making soup. Carrie's neighbors come from many places so each one is making a different kind of soup, from southern corn chowder to Japanese miso shiru. And as she collects recipes, Carrie begins to get an idea of what to give her mother.
The beloved library is burned to ash. Food is scarce. Danger is abundant. Every aspect of daily life is changed. But then one day, the Librarian emerges in the town square. Seated on a bench in front of the library's remains, she opens a book and begins to read aloud. Day after day the librarian returns to her post, her voice carrying stories above the thunder of tanks and to the broken hearts of the people. Little by little, the stories seed hope in the people, and their village begins to mend. Historical Fiction, Supernatural Thrillers, Literature, Wilson
The Librarian's Stories
The beloved library is burned to ash. Food is scarce. Danger is abundant. Every aspect of daily life is changed. But then one day, the Librarian emerges in the town square. Seated on a bench in front of the library's remains, she opens a book and begins to read aloud. Day after day the librarian returns to her post, her voice carrying stories above the thunder of tanks and to the broken hearts of the people. Little by little, the stories seed hope in the people, and their village begins to mend.
Lami is the best chicken catcher in the whole village. Her sister may be speedy at spelling, her friend fast at braiding hair, and her brother brave with bulls, but when it comes to chickens, nobody is faster or braver than Lami. That is, until the day when Lami chases a little too fast, up the baobab tree, and reaches a little too far ... ow! How can she catch chickens with an ankle that's puffed up like an angry lizard? Could it be that quick thinking is more important than quick running? Childhood, Catch, Angela, Fiction Series, Books By Black Authors, Black Authors, Livros, Kindle Books
Catch That Chicken!
Lami is the best chicken catcher in the whole village. Her sister may be speedy at spelling, her friend fast at braiding hair, and her brother brave with bulls, but when it comes to chickens, nobody is faster or braver than Lami. That is, until the day when Lami chases a little too fast, up the baobab tree, and reaches a little too far ... ow! How can she catch chickens with an ankle that's puffed up like an angry lizard? Could it be that quick thinking is more important than quick running?
When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they've always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves -- wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things -- a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story -- can become a port of hope in a terrible storm. As the refugees travel onward toward an uncertain future, they are buoyed up by their hopes, dreams and the stories they tell -- a story that will carry them perpetually forward. Children’s Author, Children's Book Illustration, Children's Picture Books, Boat, Best Toddler Books
Story Boat
When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they've always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves -- wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things -- a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story -- can become a port of hope in a terrible storm. As the refugees travel onward toward an uncertain future, they are buoyed up by their hopes, dreams and the stories they tell -- a story that will carry them perpetually forward.
Salma and her mother live in an apartment at a Vancouver Welcome Center, a home vastly different from their native Syria, where Salma's father still resides. When she thinks about him, "Salma's heart aches like a tiny fire in her chest." She notices, too, that her mother's characteristic laughter has disappeared since their move. After some brainstorming, Salma decides to make her mother a favorite Syrian dish. Kindle, Great Books, English Class, Book Club Books
Salma the Syrian Chef
Salma and her mother live in an apartment at a Vancouver Welcome Center, a home vastly different from their native Syria, where Salma's father still resides. When she thinks about him, "Salma's heart aches like a tiny fire in her chest." She notices, too, that her mother's characteristic laughter has disappeared since their move. After some brainstorming, Salma decides to make her mother a favorite Syrian dish.
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember! Schools In America, Growing Up Book, School
Danbi Leads the School Parade
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember!
Long ago in the mountains of Ethiopia, the bees arrived in Lalibela, and people poured in from all around to procure their sweet honey. A young girl named Almaz vows one day her honey will be the best of all. When she shares her dream with the current beekeepers, they laugh her away and tell her it's men's work. Almaz is determined to prove them all wrong, but she can barely climb the trees to reach the hives. The men think she's learned her lesson, but they don't know Almaz. Africa, Horn, Books To Read, Book Worth Reading, Good Things
Best Beekeeper of Lalibela
Long ago in the mountains of Ethiopia, the bees arrived in Lalibela, and people poured in from all around to procure their sweet honey. A young girl named Almaz vows one day her honey will be the best of all. When she shares her dream with the current beekeepers, they laugh her away and tell her it's men's work. Almaz is determined to prove them all wrong, but she can barely climb the trees to reach the hives. The men think she's learned her lesson, but they don't know Almaz.
When Ms. Gillis, a teacher on Prince Edward Island, decides to complete her International Teaching Practicum in Kenya, she is very excited. She can't wait to start her adventure in the warm African sun, leaving behind cold winter days in Canada and eager to share her new teaching skills with the children in Kenya. She arrives with gifts and school supplies from friends on PEI. As she distributes a gift of crayons to her students, she soon realizes that she is the one who has the most to learn. Winter, Canada, Art, International Teaching, Teaching Skills
Broken Crayons
When Ms. Gillis, a teacher on Prince Edward Island, decides to complete her International Teaching Practicum in Kenya, she is very excited. She can't wait to start her adventure in the warm African sun, leaving behind cold winter days in Canada and eager to share her new teaching skills with the children in Kenya. She arrives with gifts and school supplies from friends on PEI. As she distributes a gift of crayons to her students, she soon realizes that she is the one who has the most to learn.
Mónica and Hannah are school kids in the big city. Together, they have formed the Homesick Club, since they are both from far away. When a new teacher, Miss Shelby, arrives from Texas, the girls discover that she misses her home, too. The girls ask Miss Shelby to join their club, then Mónica decides she will bring a surprise for show and tell -- a surprise that brings Miss Shelby close to tears. New Teachers, Books About Kindness, Reading Room, Funny Books For Kids, Kids Book Club, Homesick
Homesick Club
Mónica and Hannah are school kids in the big city. Together, they have formed the Homesick Club, since they are both from far away. When a new teacher, Miss Shelby, arrives from Texas, the girls discover that she misses her home, too. The girls ask Miss Shelby to join their club, then Mónica decides she will bring a surprise for show and tell -- a surprise that brings Miss Shelby close to tears.
Daisy's Yeh-Yeh is visiting for the first time from China, and Daisy is so excited to meet him! She has big plans for all the fun they'll have together, like tea parties and snow angels, but when Yeh-Yeh arrives, Daisy finds him less jolly than she imagined. Throughout the week, she tries all sorts of things to get him past his grumpiness. Will she be able to make him smile before he goes home? Films, Inspiration, Studio, Grandpa, Jolly
Grandpa Grumps
Daisy's Yeh-Yeh is visiting for the first time from China, and Daisy is so excited to meet him! She has big plans for all the fun they'll have together, like tea parties and snow angels, but when Yeh-Yeh arrives, Daisy finds him less jolly than she imagined. Throughout the week, she tries all sorts of things to get him past his grumpiness. Will she be able to make him smile before he goes home?
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Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab. New Girl, Maya, Muhammad, Olympics, Activist
Proudest Blue
Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab.
Grandma's hijab clasps under her chin. Auntie pins hers up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts a sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman wears a sports hijab for tae kwon do. As a young girl observes the women in her life and how each covers her hair a different way, she dreams of the possibilities in her own future and how she might express her personality through her hijab. Muslim Women, Hijab, Best Children Books, Sports Hijab
Under My Hijab
Grandma's hijab clasps under her chin. Auntie pins hers up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts a sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman wears a sports hijab for tae kwon do. As a young girl observes the women in her life and how each covers her hair a different way, she dreams of the possibilities in her own future and how she might express her personality through her hijab.
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A celebration of natural hair, from afros to cornrows and everything in between, My Hair is Beautiful is a joyful baby board book with a powerful message of self-love. Governor General's Award-nominated author Shauntay Grant brings her unique spoken-word style to this fun read-aloud, featuring minimalist text and vibrant photos of toddlers sporting fresh dos. About Hair, Afro, Black Kids, Frizzy, Natural Hair Styles, American Children, Toddler
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A celebration of natural hair, from afros to cornrows and everything in between, My Hair is Beautiful is a joyful baby board book with a powerful message of self-love. Governor General's Award-nominated author Shauntay Grant brings her unique spoken-word style to this fun read-aloud, featuring minimalist text and vibrant photos of toddlers sporting fresh dos.