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Diversity in Books: Ages 3-5

Introduce your little one to diverse characters using these diverse books for ages 3-5.
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Granddaughter Necklace, The
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

A mother shares with her daughter stories of the generations of women in their family as each individual has passed along the tales and a glittering necklace to her own daughter. Includes notes on the author's exploration of her ancestry.

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Exclamation Mark
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
From the bestselling creators of Duck! Rabbit!, an exciting tale of self-discovery!
He stood out here. He stood out there. He tried everything to be more like them. It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.
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Under the Same Sun
by Sharon Robinson Illustrated by AG Ford

Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, shares an inspirational story about her family in Tanzania. AG Ford is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling artist and winner of the NAACP Award.

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Shades of Black
by Sandra L. Pinkney Illustrated by Myles C. Pinkney

From chocolate brown to midnight blue, from cottony puffs of hair to hair like a rope's corkscrew, these photographs show the many ways to be black and proud.

Using poetic language and stunning photographs, the Pinkneys create a remarkable affirmation of the beauty and diversity of African-American children.

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The Favorite Daughter
by Allen Say Illustrated by Allen Say

A father helps his daughter find pride and inspiration in this masterful picture book.

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by Henry Cole Illustrated by Henry Cole

A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.

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If Kids Ran the World
by Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon Illustrated by Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon

Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon show children playfully creating a more generous, peaceful world where everyone shares with others.

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Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas
by Nick Cannon Illustrated by AG Ford

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey's twins, Roc (Moroccan) and Roe (Monroe), put their own fun spin on "The Twelve Days of Christmas"!

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The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi Illustrated by Yangsook Choi

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

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by Cathryn Falwell
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How My Parents Learned to Eat
by Ina R. Friedman Illustrated by Allen Say
An American sailor courts a Japanese student and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
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I Love My Hair!
by Natasha Tarpley , Natasha Anastasia Tarpley Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Every night before she goes to bed, Keyana sits down between her mother's knees to have her hair combed. But no matter how gently Mama pulls, it sometimes still hurts! Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair, but Mama says she is because she can wear it any way she chooses.
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Two Mrs. Gibsons
by Toyomi Igus Illustrated by Daryl Wells
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Freedom Summer
by Deborah Wiles Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue

From the book:

John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me.
He’s not allowed.

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My Name is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Yoon's name means "Shining Wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States.

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by Rosemary Wells Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Timothy has peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Valerie has a cream cheese and jelly sandwich. Fritz unwraps a meatball grinder. The Frank twins share franks and beans. And Yoko? Yoko has brought sushi for lunch. Sushi?!

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Hello World!
by Manya Stojic Illustrated by Manya Stojic
Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Children from all around the world say hello in their own language, each and every day. This special book captures the essence of culture and tradition with every warm greeting. Stunning paintings authentically represent diverse children and have a modern, contemporary feel.
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Noodle Magic
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong Illustrated by Meilo So

Everyone has the magic within!

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