Exploring Diversity through Children’s Literature – Infant & Toddler Book Suggestions

Below is a list of books that will add diversity to your bookshelves. These were pulled from a variety of “best books to celebrate diversity” lists. There are many, many other books available. Some authors listed have written multiple books exploring diversity. Reach out to your local librarian for even more suggestions.

  1. Babies Around the World by Puck and Violet Lemay
  2. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  3. Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year by Joan Holub and Benrei Huang
  4. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  5. Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
  6. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  7. Whose Toes are Those? By Jabari Asim
  8. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  9. Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Rosanne Thong
  10. Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
  11. Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  12. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
  13. Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
  14. My First Spanish Word Board Book by DK
  15. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
  16. Hugs and Kisses (Babyfaces) by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  17. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  18. Aloha is… by Tammy Paikai
  19. You Are Important Series by Todd Snow
  20. “More, More, More,” Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams