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A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan

Friends come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. In A Rainbow of Friends, P. K. Hallinan reminds children to celebrate their differences, because those are what make each of us so special. Through colorful illustrations and upbeat verse, Hallinan shows that when we celebrate the uniqueness of others, our lives are enriched and the world is a better place for all.

Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon

Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon features a wonderful variety of children with unique qualities. It is based on a story she wrote years ago to explain to her own children the beauty of our diverse world. You’ll also enjoy the engaging questions you can use to start conversations about diversity with the children in your own life.

Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis

A joyful rhyming book that encourages children to not only value all people but to also make room for their differences in order to make a better, brighter, and more beautiful world, from the New York Times bestselling author of Different—A Great Thing to Be!

Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids and people of all ages have. Using her own experience as a child diagnosed with diabetes, Just Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges and looks at the special powers the children have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same. When we come across someone who is different from us but we are not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask. 

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

We’re All Wonders is a story about Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. The author shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb

When Charley goes to the playground and sees Emma, a girl with limb differences who uses a wheelchair, he does not know how to react. But after he and Emma begin talking, he learns that different isn’t bad, sad, or strange – different is different and different is great! This delightful book will help kids think about disability, kindness, and how to behave when they meet someone who is different from them.

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