Happy Monday, you guys! Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and had a wonderful 4th of July. I wanted to kick off this week by sharing a few (three in particular) diverse educational books for kids that we recently added to Logan’s library and have been loving.
As I mentioned over the last month, Matt and I have spent a lot of time talking about ways to bring more diversity into our lives, starting with the values we instill in Logan. When carefully taking a look at the the books we read to him, I quickly came to the conclusion that there weren’t a ton that were educational or diverse.
After doing some research online, we added Be Kind, I am Enough and The Big Umbrella to our collection and have enjoyed reading them as a family. I have received numerous DMs from educational workers that these books (Be Kind being the most popular) are some favorite reads year after year. I added a little description of each below, and shared a few others I want to add to our library over time. Let me know if you any other favorites that we should look into!
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller – When a young girl becomes embarrassed after spilling juice on her dress, a classmate reaches out to make her feel better. This book teaches about humility and how to be kind to others by exploring different acts of kindness and how in doing so can bring about big changes.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers- Is about a young girl who learns that it’s okay to be different. This beautifully written books teaches and encourages children to not compare themselves to others, but to be accepting and appreciative of who they are.
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates- Told through the metaphor of an umbrella being kind and able to fit everyone underneath it, this subtle yet powerful story teaches about inclusion and explains that there is room in the world for everyone despite all our differences.