The holiday season is quickly approaching, so everyone is frantically searching for and buying gifts. So if you’re unsure what to purchase for the children in your family, here is your gifting guide to inclusive reading material. From children’s picture books for those young ones to chapter books for your middle schoolers, our guide has a little bit of everything. Keep reading to find ten inclusive books to expand your children’s reading material.
1. I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Written by Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, I Am Enough tackles the difficulty of loving and respecting oneself and respecting others while being kind to everyone. I Am Enough, was written to show young children that they are special and that they do have a purpose even if other people don’t see it and are cruel.
Age Group: 4-8
Price: Hardcover – $9.88 / Paperback – $13.49
2. Say Her Name by Zeta Elliot
Written by Elliot, Say Her Name is a book of poetry inspired by the victims of police brutality and the activists that fight for better rights and the lives lost. Say Her Name is meant to inspire conversation on what it truly means to have rights and freedoms as a human.
Age Group: 12+
Price: Hardcover – $10.69 / Audio Cd – $12.49 / Kindle – $9.99
3. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps by Srividhya Venkat
Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps is a wonderfully written story that questions the stereotype that boys cannot dance because it’s a girl’s activity. Follow Varun and his grandfather on their journey to understanding and breaking the stereotype that dancing isn’t for boys.
Age Group: 4-6
Price: Hardcover – $19.99 / Paperback – $11.99 / Kindle – $8.99
4. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
An enchanting YA debut novel, Star Daughter is a fantasy coming-of-age story about Sheetal, a young woman born to a mortal father and a star mother. Thakrar brilliantly weaves a tale of Hindu mythology into contemporary fantasy.
Age Group: 13-17
Price: Hardcover – $13.50 / Paperback – $9.99 / Kindle – $10.99
5. I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott
Based on his own experiences as a child, Jordan Scott has written a moving story to inspire children that feel lonely, lost, and unable to communicate and fit in. I Talk Like A River explores the compassion needed from parents and the adults around a young child struggling to connect to the world around them.
Age Group: 4-8
Price: Hardcover – $12.49 / Audio Cd – $14.99
6. The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
Navigating the world can be difficult enough for someone who has hearing but to navigate it deaf, I honestly couldn’t imagine what that’s like. But Alison Gervais throws you into the life of Maya, a young deaf girl learning to navigate the hearing world for the first time. A YA coming-of-age story that immerses the reader into the life of deafness through Maya.
Age Group: 14+
Price: Hardcover – $9.49 / Paperback – $10.99 / Kindle – $7.99
7. I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
A Native author Spillett-Sumner has written a tale of the love between mother and baby. Through her writing, Spillett-Sumner honors her traditions, family, and community. Her book I Sang You Down from the Stars also celebrates the sacred bond between mothers and their babies.
Age Group: 4-8
Price: Hardcover – $13.69
8. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
A captivating tale of a young woman, Daunis, who must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she will go to protect her community when deception and death threaten to tear her world apart. In the Firekeeper’s Daughter, Daunis puts her future on hold to care for the family when tragedy strikes, but when she witnesses a murder she is thrust into an FBI investigation that will test her strength and community.
Age Group: 14-18
Price: Hardcover – $10.23 / Paperback – $12.99
9. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Touching the hearts of many Patricia Palacco tells a story of family and love that endures generations. Surviving four generations The Keeping Quilt is used as the Sabbath tablecloth, and to welcome babies into the world. Created from the clothes of the family, The Keeping Quilt symbolizes the love and faith of family.
Age Group: 4-8
Price: School / Library Binding – $18.80 / Paperback – $7.99 / Kindle – $7.99
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In the midst of World War II, surrounded by Nazis, one girl feeds the souls of her neighbors and the Jews living in the basement with stories. Despite being surrounded by death, and living in the turbulence of war, foster child Liesel makes a meager existence for herself by stealing the one thing she cannot resist. Books. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read her stolen books and begins to feed the souls of the people around her by sharing the stories she reads.
Age Group: 12-14
Price: Hardcover – $15.89 / Paperback – $6.99
No matter the age of the children you’re shopping for, we’ve got you covered with thrilling and diverse books written by diverse authors.
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