The Power of Diverse Stories
Kids will see themselves in these 20 titles, suggested by the nonprofit First Book, and also learn more about each other. Plus: Find out what our past cover models read to their kids!
Kids will see themselves represented in this list of 20 titles curated with the help of the nonprofit First Book.
Baby Goes to Market
by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
Vendors at an African market give treats to Baby, who eats some and puts the rest in the basket without Mom’s knowing. Kids will love being in on the secret and can count along as Baby receives various numbers of bananas, oranges, and more. Ages 0 to 4
We Sang You Home
by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett Parents and babies everywhere will feel comforted by this book, a celebration of the love that a child brings into this world. The lyrical text (“as we give you roots, you give us wings” and “our forever home is inside of you”) welcomes little ones who join families in different ways and is paired with gorgeous illustrations.
Ages 0 to 3
Call Me Tree / Llámame árbol
by Maya Christina Gonzalez Read this bilingual book snuggled up together first, and then have your little one use the drawings to act out the plot: A child imagines growing from a seed into a tree, blooming in a forest of diverse children, each free to express their true selves. Ages 4 to 8
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
by Grace Lin
In this bedtime read that sounds like a lullaby, a child longs to eat a mooncake she baked with her