For many of us 2016 feels like it’s been a divisive year, a year of ‘me’ and not of ‘us’, a year of divisions and dark rhetoric. If like me, you are a parent you may be worrying how all this is affecting your children and their outlook on the world.
Books are always great teachers and the books we read as children help to form our personality so if you’re looking for some diverse ideas for your children’s library, we have some suggestions for you.
From 0 to 16 years, we’re heading through the age groups with 10 children’s books that celebrate diversity.
0 – 4 Years
5 – 7 Years
8 – 9 Years
Inside Out and Back Again – Thanhha Lai
Inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child’s-eye view of family and immigration.
10 – 12 Years
13 + Years
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship.
While we have split the books into age appropriation, we would think that you would be best to decide the books appropriate for your own children and so the ages are given just as a guide.