Helping your child learn about the world means introducing them to cultures and identities beyond your front door. Diversity shapes your kid’s understanding of their environment — which is essential for their growth.
Celebrating diversity means embracing differences and similarities among people, including their age, language, ethnicity, gender expression, physical abilities and disabilities, sexual orientation, and religious status. You can be a positive model of diversity and inclusion by teaching your child to respect individuals for who they are, surrounding them with counter-stereotypical media, and practicing inclusive language and behavior yourself.
For its 100th anniversary, Scholastic spoke with experts to identify a set of tips, articles, and books that make starting a conversation with your child about diversity easier. These resources are part of a broader initiative, called the Scholastic Bookshelf, created for Instagram to raise awareness around contemporary issues affecting children today.