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Reading

List:

Pre-k

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A list of picture books featuring diverse characters for children ages birth-6. To see our full list of diversity resources and to find links to reading lists for other age groups, click here.

This project was made possible by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Reading List

​Activism and Diversity

  • Neither – Anderson, Airlie

  • She Persisted Around the World – Clinton, Chelsea

  • What Does It Mean to Be An American? – DiOrio, Rana

  • One Love – Marley, Cedella

  • Thank you, Omu! – Mora, Oge

  • All Are Welcome - Penfold, Alexandra

  • The Day You Begin – Woodson, Jacqueline

  • I Will Be Fierce – Birdsong, Bea

  • Let the Children March – Clark-Robinson, Monica

  • What Can A Citizen Do – Eggers, Dave

  • If You’re Going to a March – Freeman, Martha

  • Delivering Justice – Haskins, James

  • No Voice Too Small – Metcalf, Lindsay H.

  • Sit-In – Pinkney, Andrea Davis

  • Say Something – Reynolds, Peter H.

  • I Voted – Shulman, Mark

  • Separate is Never Equal – Tonatiuh, Duncan


Asian Americans

  • Hot Pot Night – Chen, Vincent

  • Dumpling Dreams – Clickard, Carrie

  • Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines – Harvey, Jeanne Walker

  • Ruby’s Chinese New Year – Lee, Vickie

  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star – Lin, Grace

  • Queen of Physics – Robeson, Teresa

  • Ojiichan’s Gift – Uegaki, Chieri

  • Apple Pie 4th of July – Wong, Janet S.

  • Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas – Yim, Natasha
     

African Americans

  • Mae Among the Stars – Ahmed, Roda

  • The Undefeated – Alexander, Kwame

  • Counting on Katherine – Becker, Helaine

  • Brown Baby Lullaby – Brown, Tameka Fryer

  • All Because You Matter – Charles, Tami

  • Hair Love – Cherry, Matthew

  • Jabari Jumps – Cornwall, Gaia

  • All Different Now – Johnson, Angela

  • What is Given from the Heart – McKissack, Pat

  • Don’t Touch My Hair! – Miller, Sharee

  • Sulwe – Nyong’o, Lupita

  • Hey Black Child – Perkins, Useni Eugene

  • M is for Melanin – Rose, Tiffany

  • I Got the Rhythm – Schofield-Morrison, Connie

  • I Love My Hair – Tarpley, Natasha

  • The Water Princess – Verde, Susan
     

Climate Change​​

  • Earth Hour – Heffernan, Nanette

  • Here We Are – Jeffers, Oliver

  • Heal the Earth – Lennon, Julian

  • Greta and the Giants – Tucker, Zoe


Disability

  • A Friend for Henry – Bailey, Jenn

  • Yes I Can! – Barrett, Kendra J.

  • My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay – Best, Cari

  • All The Way to the Top – Pimentel, Annette Bay

  • Just Ask – Sotomayor, Sonia
     

Indigenous People

  • Thunder Boy Jr. – Alexie, Sherman

  • Bowwow Powwow: bagosenjige-niimi’idim – Child, Brenda J.

  • We Are Water Protectors – Lindstrom, Carole

  • Fry Bread – Maillard, Kevin Noble

  • Aloha Is… – Paikai, Tammy

  • We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga – Sorell, Traci
     

Islam & Hinduism

  • Our Favorite Day of the Year – Ali, A.E.

  • Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace – J, Harris

  • My Grandma and Me – Javaherbin, Mina

  • My First Ramadan – Katz, Karen

  • Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets – Khan, Hena

  • Under My Hijab – Khan, Hena

  • The Proudest Blue – Muhammad, Ibtihaj

  • Ramadan Moon – Robert, Na’íma

  • Mommy’s Khimar – Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah

  • Malala’s Magic Pencil – Yousafzai, Malala

  • The Boy and the Bindi – Shraya, Vivek

  • Festival of Colors – Sehgal, Kabir


Latinx

  • Tito Puente: Mambo King – Brown, Monica

  • Carmela Full of Wishes – de la Pena, Matt

  • Beto and the Bone Dance – Freschet, Gina

  • Vamos: Let’s Go to the Market – Gonzalez, Raul

  • Alma and How She Got Her Name – Martinez-Neal, Juana

  • My Papi Has A Motorcycle – Quintero, Isabel

  • Fiesta Babies – Tafolla, Carmen
     

LGBTQ+

  • Maiden and Princess – Haack, Daniel

  • Prince and Knight – Haack, Daniel

  • I Am Jazz! – Herthel, Jessica

  • Julian is a Mermaid – Love, Jessica

  • When Aidan Became A Brother – Lukoff, Kyle

  • Mary Wears What She Wants – Negley, Keith

  • This Day in June – Pitman, Gayle E.

  • And Tango Makes Three – Richardson, Justi


Refugees/Immigration 

  • A Different Pond – Phi, Bao

  • Gittle’s Journey – Newman, Leslea

  • We Came to America – Ringgold, Faith


South Asian Americans

  • The Sandwich Swap – Rania Queen, consort of Abdullah II, King of Jordan

For additional books featuring diverse characters and stories,
use the Diverse Book Finder.

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