Book Mama: Books that Celebrate Differences

Books that Celebrate Differences

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These wonderful books help young children understand, appreciate and accept the differences in themselves and in others.

The Skin You Live in by Michael Tyler


The skin you have fun in

the skin that you run in

the skin that you hop

skip and jump in the sun in

The brightly colored, bold illustrations and clever rhymes deliver a message of acceptance to young children through a discussion of skin color.

Colors of Me by Brynne Barnes


 The collage illustrations and playful rhymes in this book share the thoughts of a creative, young child who believes that whole world is full of colors. This book is a wonderful way to help children understand the differences and similarities between people.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox


Little one,

whoever you are,

wherever you are

there are little ones 

just like 

all over the world.

So begins this pictures book which celebrates the world’s diverse cultures and highlights both the similarities and differences.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz


 Seven-yea- old Lena wants to paint a picture of herself using brown paint for her skin, but when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, they see that brown comes in a many different shades. This book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr


It’s okay to need some help.

It’s okay to be a different color.

It’s okay to talk about your feelings.

It’s okay to make a wish…

This book clearly delivers the message that is okay to be different and important to be accepting of others’ differences in a child friendly manner.


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