The wonderful illustrations depict a delicious multi-racial group of children playing in the park. This is one you HAVE to read out loud. Softly colored pictures with poetic, rhyming text that sing the joys of family life and appreciating the many skin tones in their family. The language is as magical as the message. Still the best book available about bi-racial families. Knopf, NY, In this exquisite and loving book, a Latina child describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different; Written in Spanish and English.
I Love My Hair! Tarpley Little, Brown and Company, New York, A young African-American girl suffers when her mother combs her hair, but learns to appreciate it when her mother tells her stories about what her corn rowed hair styles represent. Also shows family structure and non-stereotypical male Shades Of Black Sandra Pickney Scholastic, This wonderful photo books celebrates the many beautiful shades of Black children's skin, eyes, and hair.
A joyful book for all children, and an essential one for African American children. Two Eyes a Nose and a Mouth Roberta Grobel Intrater Scholastic,, This rhyming book features close-up photographs of very different human faces, both children and adults. The message is differences are so interesting! Gibsons" begins this true story in which a child compares her African American Grandmother with her Japanese American mother. They both love my Daddy, and they both love me". Also shows culture and family structure What is Beautiful?
Maryjean Watson Avery Tricycle Press, Berkeley, CA, A unique book with a mirror at the back to show children and the people who love them that there is beauty in everyone and that everyone is unique and different.
Chris Raschka Orchard Books,, With the fewest possible words, and the funniest possible pictures, two boys one white, one African American approach each other and figure out how to be friends. Also shows non-stereotypical gender roles For more books, look in the Peace Library database "Joy in Diversity" or specific racial identity group e. African American, Asian American, Latino, etc.
Jones shows the wonderful and joyful things he can do with his body. NY, A spunky, independent little girl heads down the mountain to pick up a surprise package from her Grandmother. Also shows economic class and family structure Goodbye Mousie Robie H.
McElderry Books, A tender, sweetly illustrated story of a small boy coming to understand the death of his pet mouse and being supported to cry and feel sad. Also shows culture, racial identity and family structure New Moon Pegi Deitz Shea Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, PA, A loving, gentle, older brother hurries home from school each day to show his baby sister the wonders of the moon and teaches her first word, "luna" moon.
Tonio's Cat Mary Calhoun Morrow Junior Books,, A lonely immigrant boy befriends a street wise tough cat and finds a place for himself in his new country.
Also shows culture , This clear and explicit photo book clarifies the differences between gender role and actual gender and challenges stereotypical gender roles.
Currently out-of-print, but so good that it's worth searching for in used books stores and on the web. Charlotte Zolotow Harper and Row,, William wants a doll so he can practice being a father. For more books, look in the Peace Library database "non-stereotypical gender roles". Apple Picking Time Michelle Benoit Slawson Trumpet, NY, Wonderful story of a loving family of migrant apple pickers, and of a little girl's sense of accomplishment as she helps the family pick their quota.
Two children describe their evening at home with Grandma, while the pictures show what their mother is doing at the same time working the graveyard shift at a box factory. Also shows racial identity, and family structure Christmas We Moved to the Barn Alexandra Day and Cooper Edens Harper Collins,, A rural, single parent mother receives the news on Christmas Eve morning that her family has been evicted.
A book about day laborers. Francisco learns new respect for his Abuelo as they find and share a day of work. But on Friday night he comes home, with groceries, small gifts, and great love.
Also shows culture and racial identity Gathering the Sun Alma Flor Ada Lothrop, New York,, In simple words in Spanish and English and sun-drenched paintings, we travel into the fields and orchards where our food grows, and into the lives of the people who work there.
The ending does not include buying the bear and clarifies the difference between objects and love. There are no stores in prison, but her momma has the perfect birthday gift anyhow. Boston, MA, Oh the excitement of garage sales and thrift shops where so many of the families in our programs buy their clothing! Tucking Mommy In Morag Loh Orchard Books,, Two little girls help their very tired Mommy get undressed, tell her a story, and wait for their Daddy to get home from working the swing shift in this loving, working class family where everyone takes care of each other.
For more books, look in the Peace Library database under "working class or poor". Abuela's Weave Omar S. Castaneda Lee and Low Books Inc. New York,, This lovely book takes place in a Mexican village, where Abuela, scarred from a birth mark, makes the most beautiful weavings of all. The family needs the income from the weavings, and young Esperanza takes them to market to sell. Also shows culture, racial identity, economic class, and family structure Be Quiet Marina!
Kirsten DeBear Star Bright Books, A true photo story of two wonderful four year olds, one with cerebral palsy and the other with Down syndrome, and the way they figure out how to play together.
Also shows non-stereotypical gender role Black Book of Colors The Menena Cottin Groundwood Books, This groundbreaking book tries to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing. A book printed entirely in black, with raised black line drawings on black papers in addition to text in braille.
Paul, MN, Mandy, who uses a wheel chair stands up for herself and for her beloved stuffed tiger, to make sure that everything ends up fair! Also shows culture and racial identity.
Susan Laughs Jeanne Willis Henry Holt and Company,, Like all children, Susan laughs, gets angry, plays, swims, is afraid, is delighted - and on the last page we realize she uses a wheel chair! Also shows non-stereotypical gender role Where's Chimpy? Also shows family structure For more books, look in the Peace Library database "Disabilities" or Special topics: Illness, Hospitalization, Death and Dying.
Also shows racial identities Father Like That Charlotte Zolotow Harper Collins, A young boy describes to his mother what kind of father he wishes he had. New edition illustrations show an African American family. Fred Stays With Me! Also shows culture, racial identity, economic class Mama Across the Sea Alex Godard Henry Holt and Company, New York,, A young girl and her Grandparents wait for letters from the mother who has gone to the "States" to earn money for the family.
This Granny marches in protests, goes swimming, misses the children's Grandfather, and takes loving care of her grandchildren. Also shows racial identity, non-stereotypical gender role, economic class and activism Stellaluna Janell Cannon Harcourt Brace,, A baby bat falls out of her nest and tries to find a home with a family of birds who do things "oh so differently!
Also shows racial identity For more books, look in the Peace Library database "Joy in Diversity" or specific family structures such as adoptive families, foster families, elders, single parents, Gay or Lesbian parents, etc Bringing Asha Home Uma Krishnaswami Lee and Lowe Books, Arun waits impatiently for the arrival of his soon to be adopted sister from India, hoping she will arrive in time for Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters.
Also shows culture, racial identity David F. Also shows culture Happy Adoption Day! Also shows racial identity, family structure Juwanda G. How can Gita celebrate?
Also shows culture and racial identity Fran Manushkin Scholastic, New York,, In exuberant verse, a family sits down together to celebrate Passover. Also shows culture and family structure My First Ramadan Karen Katz Henry Holt and Company, A clearly stated, simple story about a boy who observes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with his family.
A great book to use with older preschoolers, years old. Putnam's Sons,, As the family gathers for Christmas, Marta accidently drops her Mother's ring into the Tamale filling.
Also shows culture, racial identity and family structure For more books, look in the Peace Library database "Holidays" or specific religious identities such as Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Moslem, Pagan 26 Big Things Small Hands Do Coleen Paratore Free Spirit, From A to Z small hands applaud, explore the earth for treasures, help others, plant, recycle, make the world safe.
Also shows racial identity. Also shows non-stereotypical gender role. Also shows racial identity and non-stereotypical gender roles. How to Heal a Broken Wing Bob Graham Candlewick Press, A young boy finds a pigeon with a broken wing in the city, takes it carefully home, nurses it to health and then lets it go.
Phyllis Root Candlewick Press, The Duck is stuck and no one can get it out "but everyone working together can! Levine Tambourine Books, NY, No one is going to cut down the last Ginko tree on Pearl's multi-ethnic street, not if Pearl and her neighbors have anything to say about it! Also shows racial identity, economic class, and non-stereotypical gender role. Paul, MN, The Play Lady, shares her yard with all the neighbor children and when her trailer home is vandalized with hateful graffiti, the children organize the neighbors to clean and paint and welcome her back home.
Also shows economic class, racial identity, culture. They help a friend, plant a tree, write a letter, visit someone who is sick, repair old toys. Also shows culture, racial identity, non-stereotypical gender role. Leo Lionni Scholastic, Inc. Subway Sparrow Leyla Torres Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, Despite speaking three different languages, four people band together to save a sparrow caught on the subway.
Also shows culture, racial identity, economic class. Also shows culture, economic class, racial identity Teddy Bear The David McPhail Henry Holt and Company,, A lost Teddy Bear becomes the companion of a lonely homeless man while the child who lost the bear learns compassion. A simple, profound set of questions and answers for young children. Also shows racial identity, economic class Robert Kraus Scholastic Book Services,, A wee mouse rescues his entire family - and welcomes his new brother - all in 8 short pages.