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19 Unforgettable Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity

Go beyond all the same old stories.

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2. Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

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The acclaimed filmmaker (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X) and his wife wrote this book about a pair of energetic toddlers who meet an even more energetic puppy. The duo also wrote the companion book, Please, Baby, Please.

7. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

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When Unhei moves to America from Korea, she vows to change her name because she worries that her new classmates won't be able to pronounce it. The sweet twist is that, when her classmates learn of her name's meaning, they urge her to keep it.

8. King For A Day by Rukhsana Khan

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Set in the spring during the centuries-old Basant Festival, King For A Day tells the story of Malik, a boy who uses a wheelchair, as he competes with other kids in the traditional sport of kite fighting.

11. Starring Hillary by Kathy Caple

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A little girl — anthropomorphized as a cat — worries that she might not win a part in the school play because she's "a little on the round side," but when she embraces who she is she impresses at the audition.

13. Mommy's New Tattoo: A Bedtime Story for People by Levi Greenacres

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Written by a tattooist, this alternative bedtime story is about a little girl who visits a tattoo parlor with her mother and learns about the beauty — and lasting consequences — of body art.

14. Keeping Up With Roo by Sharlee Glenn

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This poignant story is about Gracie, a girl whose best friend is her Aunt Roo. However, when Gracie grows older and realizes her aunt is mentally challenged, she worries about what people will think about her.