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19 Unforgettable Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity

Go beyond all the same old stories.

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7. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

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

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

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.


14. Keeping Up With Roo by Sharlee Glenn

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.