It is a powerful moment when children see their own faces and experiences reflected in the pages of their favorite storybooks. Here are some of our favorite picture books with diverse characters:
Meet Lola and her baby brother, Leo. These books by author, Anna McQuinn follow the everyday adventures of these adorable siblings.
Destined to be classics, Jabari Jumps and Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall introduce us to one brave and smart little guy, Jabari. Kids will relate to Jabari’s fear as he tackles the diving board for the first time, with a little moral support from his dad. When Jabari gets frustrated with his efforts to build a flying machine and with his little sister, it’s dads gentle guidance that sets him soaring.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie Thunder Boy Jr. loves his dad, Thunder Boy Sr. very much. He just wants a name of his very own. This sweet and funny book explores the special love of a father and son.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales tell the tale of a mother and son and their journey as immigrants to the United States from Mexico. Although they experience hardships along the way, their determination and love for each other help ease their troubles. They both find kindness, knowledge and hope at the local public library. Children will love the rich, textured illustrations and it is also available as a DVD.