Posts from 2018-12-31

Books about Celebrating Differences

Here are some of our favorite books, new and old, about celebrating differences! Each title acknowledges unique appearances, habits, hobbies, lifestyles, and beliefs amongst us. All of these books are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library system.


1) Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

“A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.”


2) The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland

“Despite different clothes and homes and languages, we are all more alike than different.”


3) You are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

“Introduces readers to the extensive and surprising ways in which they are connected to the natural world around them.”


4) All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

“Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.”


5) Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

“While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?”


6) Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

“Little girls pretending to be princesses celebrate the different shapes, textures, and styles of their black hair.”


7) Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell

"Adrian Simcox brags about owning a horse, and Chloe just knows he's making stuff up...until she learns an important lesson in empathy."


8) Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

“Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.”


9) The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

“Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.”


10) We All Look Different by Melissa Higgins

"Simple text and full-color photos celebrate differences in appearances."


11) Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

“Each believing that their hue is the best, the three primary colors live in separate parts of the city until Yellow and Blue meet, fall in love, and decide to mix.”


12) Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

“Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home--but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.”




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