Focus on Ethnic Diversity

This list contains picture books that more directly address ethnic diversity. These books are helpful in opening up conversations about the dignity of all people and the beauty of God’s multifaceted creation.

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

This book celebrates our God-given diversity. It covers the scope of the gospel story and shows how God’s plan involves saving all people through Jesus. It also includes information about inventors. The illustrations are expressive and engaging.

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Shades of People by Shelley Rotner.

This book contains pictures representing children with different skin colors. It is playful and affirming.

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All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger

This book offers clear, straightforward information about how our skin gets its color.

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Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

In this book, children in one family discover their skin and its wonderful uses. It is celebratory and charming.

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The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

In this book, a young girl and her mother walk around their city and notice the various skin colors of their neighbors and friends. It is upbeat and affirming.

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We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

This book talks about features that we all share and those that are make us unique. The detailed, lively illustrations encourage conversation. Informative and affirming.

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God Made Me and You by Shai Linne

This book celebrates God’s design for ethnic diversity in an upbeat, engaging way. An excellent gospel-centered conversation starter. Based on the song by artist Shai Linne.

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Are Your Stars Like My Stars? by Leslie Helakoski

A beautifully illustrated exploration of the many ways children experience the world. Celebrates many cultures and invites the reader to honor all people and view the world with wonder.

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Colorfull by Dorena Williamson

This book roots a celebration of our different skin colors in God’s good purposes. It has beautiful watercolor illustrations. Lighthearted and upbeat.

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