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Books that Teach Children About Diversity and Tolerance


We've compiled a list of children's books that teach kids the importance of diversity and help instill tolerance.

 

The Sandwich Swap, by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

The Sandwich Swap

By Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio (Hyperion)

Co-authored by the Queen of Jordan, this engaging read tells the story of Lily and Salma, whose friendship disintegrates over a hummus and pita sandwich in the school cafeteria. As the intolerance spreads and kids choose sides, name-calling ensues (the "jelly heads" vs. the "chickpea brains"), but the final message is one of hope and acceptance. ($16.99; kindergarten-grade 2)

 

 

A Value Tales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People

 

 

A Value Tales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People

By Spencer Johnson, M.D. (Simon & Schuster)

From the author of the now-classic business-tome Who Moved My Cheese? comes a collection of five stories - "imaginographies," if you will - that bring historic figures to life, people who listened to their inner voice to become stronger people. Harriet Tubman's tale teaches the value of helping, but also illustrates how unfair treatment of somebody different is not only wrong, but hurtful. ($19.99; ages 5 and up)

 



 

My Princess Boy: A Mom's Story About a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up; by Cheryl Kilodavis

 

My Princess Boy

By Cheryl Kilodavis (Aladdin)

The title character likes the color pink, sparkly dresses, and ballet tutus. And while some people just don't get the princess boy, his family and friends provide the love and respect he deserves. Originally written to explain to teachers and fellow students the uniqueness of the author's own son, Dyson, this story will capture the hearts of anyone (of any age!) who has ever felt left out just because they're different. ($14.99; ages 3-6)

 

 

The Sneetches and Other Stories, by Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

The Sneetches and Other Stories (a classic!) 

By Dr. Seuss (Random House)

The timeless story of the Star-Bellied Sneetches and the Plain-Bellied Sneetches has not wearied with time, and the subtle message of how foolish it can be to subscribe to stereotypes - well, in singular Seussian style, is made charming and fun. It's one for the ages. ($12.95; ages 5 and up)

 

 

 

Also see: How to Teach Tolerance to Your Children

How to Raise a Generous and Appreciative Child

 

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