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This month, we’re reading books about diversity! Diversity means we are all different and special in our own way. Here are some of our favorite books about diversity!

For younger kids:

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia

Everyone has different skin that’s just as unique as they are! Some people have light skin, and some people have dark skin. Some people have freckles or birthmarks or dimples. But even though we all have different skin, we’re all people!

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

This book tells the story of Lena and her mom. Both Lena and her mom love to draw and color. When Lena’s mom helps Lena mix the right color of brown paint to paint a picture of herself, Lena is confused. Isn’t there only one shade of brown? Lena’s mom then takes her on a walk to see all of their family and friends and show her all the different colors people can be!

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko

This silly book tells all about the different types and colors of skin we live in. Everything we do, we do in our skin, so it’s good to be comfortable in it! The funny pictures and catchy rhymes make this a great read-aloud story!

It’s a Small World by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and Joey Chou

This new take on an old classic comes with a CD to sing along! The pictures are bright, busy, and welcoming and show kids from all over the world doing all sorts of activities. The words to the song remind us that the world isn’t such a big place after all!

For older kids:

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

In the year 1969, twelve-year-old Mimi moves to a new town. However, she finds that almost everyone in her new town is white while Mimi is half-African American and half-Japanese. Mimi struggles to fit in at her new school while also taking part in activities that traditionally only boys could do. This Maine Student Book Award nominee is told i

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