Today’s post looks at diversity and inclusion in books that address important topics such as belonging, individuality, and consent. In these books, authors acknowledge difference exists and there are many types of diversity. Readers can learn about diversity by exploring their own identities and those of others, too. However, diversity alone is not enough. Books in this post are wonderful examples of diversity and inclusion. They show what diversity looks like and how to coexist so all feel respected and valued.
Fitting in vs. Belonging
Humor and cultural traditions help children learn about how individuals try to fit in when what they really desire is to feel they truly belong.
My School Stinks! By Becky Scharnhorst, Julia Patton
All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, Janina Edwards
Individuality and Self-Esteem
Lyrical text, rhyme, and puns help children celebrate individuality.
Except When They Don't By Laura Gehl and Joshua Heinsz
Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder
Boundaries and Consent
Characters in this pair use their voices to speak out about their likes and dislikes.
Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It) By Carrie Finison and Daniel Wiseman
Don't Touch My Hair! By Sharee Miller
Some final thoughts...
Kudos to Carrie and Kirsti for the countless hours spent managing this blog and running the annual Reading For Research Month event the past seven years. I hope my posts have helped others as much as studying books and writing about them has helped me grow as a writer.
Writing can be a lonely endeavor and I am forever grateful to Carrie and Kristi for welcoming me into this corner of the kidlit community.
It's been an honor working with Team ReFoReMo.