Happy International Children’s Book Day!
This day was founded in 1967 by the International Board of Books for Young People to inspire a love of reading. This year’s theme is The Music of Words, celebrating diversity with “unique beats” and teaching others to find their voice. Here are five books that educate young readers about diversity in their community as well as ways to create their own voice whenever possible.
1. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca
As April 2nd is also Autism Awareness day, there is no other day to bring attention to The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca. Temple was once thought to not have a voice, but this was entirely untrue when it came to her additions to modern science. Her artistic and visual mind helped her create some of the most innovative improvements to farms worldwide.
2. Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race is a book designed by experts and presented with clear language and beautiful artwork to convey its message to children. Confronting hard conversations is the best way to help children understand the world around them and also increase awareness of what is right and wrong. This book gives interactive questions for both the child and adult to converse about, making it a lovely read-aloud book.
3. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Popularized by the Academy Award winning short film of the same name, Hair Love commemorates natural hair in all of its glory as it follows Zuri, a young girl wanting to prepare her hair for a special day. Zuri and her father learn about the struggles and wonder of having such thick, beautiful hair.
4. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Inspired by Indigenous-led movements across America, We are Water Protectors calls attention to the ocean and how to save it from all types of harm. Poetically shown through flowing prose and vivid illustrations, it teaches that water connects all of us, and how people can stand together for a just cause. Both author and illustrator are members of Indigenous tribes, allowing this book to shine with its #ownvoices.
5. Exploring Nature: Activity Book for Kids by Kim Andrews
If your young readers are ready to explore and get outside, Exploring Nature is a great companion. From lessons about making bird feeders out of fruit, pressing flowers, or identifying trees, kids will have endless fun with the 50 hands-on projects illustrated in this book.
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