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    25 Contemporary Picture Books To Help Parents, Teachers, And Kids Talk About Diversity

    Talking about race, gender, age, disability and orientation are difficult to talk about with adults in real life. Now, trying talking about all of those things with 5-10 year olds! Not to worry, here are 25 picture books that address these issues....and do it WELL!

    1. Firebird (2014) By Misty Copeland, Illustrated by Christopher Myers

    2. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (2014) By Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

    3. A Dance Like Starlight (2014) By Kristy Dempsey, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

    4. Walking Home to Rosie Lee (2011) By A. Lafaye, Illustrated By Keith Shepard

    5. Mr. Lincoln’s Way (2001) by Patricia Polacco

    6. Freedom Summer By Debora Wiles, (2005) Illustrated By Jerome Lagarrigue

    7. 14 Cows for America (2009) By Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, Collaborator Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah

    8. Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home (2010) By Youme Landowne

    9. Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding (2006) By Lenore Look, Illustrated by Yumi Heo

    10. The Name Jar (2006) By Yangsook Choi

    11. My Name is Yoon (2014) By Helen Recovits, Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

    12. Dear Juno (2001) By Soyung Pak, Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

    13. Saltypie (2010) By Tim Tingle, Illustrated By Karen Clarkson

    14. Chukfi Rabbit's Big Bad Bellyache (2014) By Greg Rodgers, Illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener

    15. Crossing Bok Chitto (2008) By Tim Tingle, Illustrated By Jeanne Rorex Bridges

    16. Si, Se Puede/Yes, We Can: Janitor Strike in L.A. (2005) By Diana Cohn, Illustrated By Francisco Delgado

    17. Efrain of The Sonoran Desert: A Lizard's Life Among the Seri Indians (2001) By Amalia Astorga, Gary Paul Nabhan, Illustrated By Janet K. Miller

    18. The Other Side (2001) By Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated By E.B. Lewis

    19. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (2003) By Kathleen Krull

    20. The Pirate of Kindergarten (2010) By George Ella Lyon, Illustrated By Lynne Avril

    21. Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and the Champion Runner George Mendoza (2014) By J.L. Powers, Illustrated By George Mendoza and Haley Morgan Sanders

    22. Morris Mickelwhite & the Tangerine Dress (2014) By Christine Baldacchino, Illustrated By Isabelle Malenfant

    23. The Treasure on Gold Street/El Tesoro en la Calle Oro (2003) By Lee Merrill Byrd

    24. Baba's Gift (2004) By Beverly Naidoo, Illustrated By Karin Littlewood

    25. Buffalo Song By Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated By Bill Farnsworth