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Best books to teach your children about diversity

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It's never too early to start talking to your children about race, equality and diversity. And although these can be quite difficult subjects to help children understand, there are plenty of helpful and fun books out there, written by some brilliant authors, to help children learn, understand and think about these very important issues. 

We've rounded up some of the best children's books about race, diversity and equality to read to your children. 

Great for all ages to understand the importance of being anti-racist, this book is great for readers old and young. 

Follow a group of diverse children through a day at their school, where everyone is welcome. Children wear patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes and play side by side. Throughout the story, the children grow and learn from each other's traditions to see that diversity is a strength.

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you're never too little to make a difference.

This book will help to teach your kids about segregation through a little-known story about Sylvia Mendez and her family's struggles. 

Celeb-mum Rochelle recently brought out her own book to try and teach children about the differences between two friends and their natural hair. 

Best books to teach children about equality and diversity

Among these inspiring black women from history, you're children will learn about heroes, role models, and the everyday women who did extraordinary things to make the world better place for generations of girls and women to come. 

Another book from the Little Leaders collection comes a book about amazing black men from history including Diplomat Kofi Annan and musician Prince. Learn all about how they broke boundaries and fought injustice to make the world a better place.

This is a great book to teach toddlers about different skin colours and diversity and is particularly made for younger children aged 3+

All about the various forms of head attire different religious people wear, it teaches children about the name of the 'hat' with the phonetic pronunciation and a description of the person who may wear it. Children will learn that many Muslim women wear a Hijab (He-jaab) and the cap typically worn by Jewish boys and men is called a Kippah (Ki’pa) for example.

From Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad comes this inspiring story of one girls first day of wearing a hijab and how she learnt to be proud of who she is. 

Perfect for mothers and daughters to read together, this sweet story tells the tale of a little girl's saturday day out with her mum that doesn't go to plan. 

Read and learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr and discover how he grew to become an inspirational civil rights activist. 

A heart-warming tale of a group of little girls who become best friends. The story follows their lives as they grow-up. 

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you and sometimes feeling different and not fitting in can be hard. This story is all about feeling like outsiders and also how we can include different people.

Teach your children about the story of Rosa Parks who went on to become a one of the most famous civil rights activist after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in 1955. 

We love reading Julia Donaldson's brilliant books with our children, and The Smeds and the Smoos is no exception. This fun book sees a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, but their families strongly disapprove. However, peace is restored and love conquers all in this feel good book!


This beautifully illustrated book tells Malala's inspirational tale, in her own words, for a younger audience to understand and shows them how she held on to hope and to made her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.

From the descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, this book is a child friendly story all about the amazing women who changed the world for the better. 

This is a fun and inspiring tale about learning to love who we are, no matter what size we come in. It's a perfect picture book for little people who don't want to be so little! 

A brilliant book if you're about to welcome your second or third baby and their older siblings need some help coming to terms with having to share you with their brothers and sisters. 

Full of inspirational Muslims your little one can look up to, you'll find people you might know, like Malala Yousafzai, Sir Mo Farah and Muhammad Ali, as well as some you might not.

This refreshing take on the classic tale Rapunzel has an Indian spin on the beloved fairy tale! You can also get a similar Little Mermaid version in this series. 

Recommended by The Miscarriage Association, Child Bereavement UK, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Marie Curie, this book helps children understand bereavement and loss. Written by mum Emma who tragically lost her baby girl Lydie 9 years ago, this book is written for young children about childhood loss, as she aimed to help her own children through the loss of their sibling. 

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  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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