AISNE Diversity Booklist
Early Childhood Teacher Recommended Diversity Book List
In our world today, we constantly face issues regarding diversity. Sometimes, in the moment, we do not have the words to respond to the many teachable moments our children present. Books can often be used as a tool to facilitate the important discussions needed to raise awareness, affirm thoughts and ideas, and promote a culture of acceptance and inclusivity for our children. The hope is that this list is a resource to all.
Someone Special, Just Like You by Tricia Brown
Photographs and text express the importance of accepting one another and not judging people on the basis of physical appearances or limitations.
Around the World Series: Bread, Bread, Bread / Houses & Homes/ Families/ Shoes, Shoes, Shoes/ Hats, Hats, Hats/ Loving/ Tools by Ann Morris
Each book shows different types of bread, houses, families, shoes and work from all over the world and how people enjoy them.
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Despite our differences, people from around the world share many things in common, such as pain, joy and love.
It’s OK To Be Different by Todd Parr
Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are ìokayî and that make a person special and important.
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Koala Lou remembers longingly of the days when she was an only child and the center of her motherís attention. Amongst the many brothers and sisters, Koala Lou cleverly manages to win her mother’s undivided attention once again.
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
When Peter’s baby sister arrives, he is not happy to share any of his old furniture with her. He gradually accepts the changes that having a new sibling brings and willingly helps his father paint his furniture pink for his sister.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter wants more than anything to learn how to whistle. He is determined and practices blowing till his cheeks are tired. Once he learns, Peter finds amusement in playing a little trick on Willie, his dog.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox Ages 5-8
A little boy uses all sorts of objects from his memory box to help a friend remember special times in her past.
I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
A young African American girl gains appreciation for her hair when she explores the many different ways she can style her hair.
Teammates by Peter Golenbock (Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese)
Ish by Peter Reynolds (ability and getting over perfectionism)
Whoever you are Mem Fox 5-8
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe 5-8
The Cay Theodore Taylor 9-12
Pinky and Rex and the Bully James Howe 5-8
The Colors of Us Karen Katz 4-8
Grandfather and I Helen Buckley 3-6
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop Margaree Mitchell 4-8 We have a class set
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes 5-8 We have a set.
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora Available in English and Spanish.
When Marian Sang Beautiful Picture Biography of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
Sounder William Armstrong (race) Used in Great American Reading Program (GARP) 4thGrade
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis (Great Depression ) GARP
The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 Christopher Paul Curtis (Civil Rights Race/) GARP
Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan (Mexican culture, socio-economic difference) GARP
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli (race, ability) GARP also liked by 5th Graders
Number the Stars Lois Lowry (Holocaust) Used in 4th Grade
Applewild Upper School Grades 6-8
- The Misfits by James Howe (Sexual Orientation)
- Loser by Jerry Spinelli (Ability)
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Holocaust)
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Mexican-American culture, gender, socio-economic differences)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (race, class, ability)
- The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea by Anne Sibley O’Brien.
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Farewell to Manzinar by Jeanne Watkatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (race, internment of Japanese during WWII)
- Night and other books by Elie Wiesel ( religious /ethnic persecution)
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Colored People Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Race) Autobiography
- Black Boy Richard Wright Race, autobiography, (Used effectively with our 8th graders)
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglas ed 2006 by Core Knowldege Foundation With notes, extensions and vocabulary for the student reader.
- Booker T. Washington and Education. Lucent Library of Black History 2008
- Nat Turner: Slave Revolt Leader by Terry Bisson
- Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves who sided with the British during the American Revolution by Margaret Whitman Blair
Advanced or higher level books/resources for Teachers/Adults
- Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese
- Many Thousands Gone: The first two centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
- Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and ìRaceî in New England, 1780-1860 by Joanne Pope Melish
- Clotel or the President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States( 1853) by William Wells Brown
- Harlem Book of the Dead Photos by James Van Der See Prose and poems and layout by Owen Dodson and Camille Billips
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl(1861) by Harriet Jacobs
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Let It Shine : Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea David Pinkney
- On The Trail of Sacagawea by Peter Lourie
- Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester
- Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
- We Shall Remain: America through Native Eyes.
- Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
- Something the Lord Made (R rated)
- Glory (R rated)