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Diversity in Books: Ages 3-5

Introduce your little one to diverse characters using these diverse books for ages 3-5.
 
Cover image for The Name Jar
The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi Illustrated by Yangsook Choi

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

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Under the Same Sun
by Sharon Robinson Illustrated by AG Ford
Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, shares an inspirational story about her family in Tanzania. AG Ford is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling artist and winner of the NAACP Award.
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Hardcover Picturebooks : $12.59

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Davids Drawings
by Cathryn Falwell
An African American boy at a new school makes friends as his classmates add details to his drawing of a tree.
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Cover image for How My Parents Learned to Eat
How My Parents Learned to Eat
by Ina R. Friedman Illustrated by Allen Say
An American sailor courts a Japanese student and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
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I Love My Hair!
by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley , Natasha Tarpley Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Every night before she goes to bed, Keyana sits down between her mother's knees to have her hair combed. But no matter how gently Mama pulls, it sometimes still hurts! Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair, but Mama says she is because she can wear it any way she chooses.

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Two Mrs. Gibsons
by Toyomi Igus Illustrated by Daryl Wells
Viola Gibson and Kazumi Gibson are as different as two women can be. While one is loud, the other is quiet; one takes hours to cook a pot of greens, the other can whip up dinner in a jiffy. Despite the differences, they love their family.
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Freedom Summer
by Deborah Wiles Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue

From the book:

John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me.
He’s not allowed.

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My Name Is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Yoon's name means "Shining Wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States.

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Yoko
by Rosemary Wells

Timothy has peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Valerie has a cream cheese and jelly sandwich. Fritz unwraps a meatball grinder. The Frank twins share franks and beans. And Yoko? Yoko has brought sushi for lunch. Sushi?!

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Hello World!: Greetings in 42 Languages Around the Globe!
by Manya Stojic Illustrated by Manya Stojic

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Children from all around the world say hello in their own language, each and every day. This special book captures the essence of culture and tradition with every warm greeting. Stunning paintings authentically represent diverse children and have a modern, contemporary feel.

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Cover image for Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
by Sandra L. Pinkney Illustrated by Myles C. Pinkney

From chocolate brown to midnight blue, from cottony puffs of hair to hair like a rope's corkscrew, these photographs show the many ways to be black and proud.

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Board Picturebooks : $5.59

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