This year has brought about unparalleled recognition of the work that still needs to be done, particularly in the United States, to create a world that’s based on equality, not systemic racism and sexism. Like many other moms, especially white moms, I’ve been wondering how I can do better not just for my kids, but all the children in their generation.
It would be easy for my family to ignore race. We live in New Hampshire, one of the whitest states in the country. Although we have friends and family members who are of different races, it’s too easy to ignore important conversations living in a relatively calm bubble.
I’m not likely to move my family, so I’ve been trying to create opportunities for conversation about race, gender, and social equality in our day-to-day lives. One way I’ve done that is by consciously selecting books for my first grader that reflect the diversity of the world.
Recently, we’ve been reading the Yasmin series. My six-year-old daughter loves that she can following along with adventurous and brave Yasmin, a young Pakistani American girl. I love that she can read the books herself, and is being exposed to Muslim culture as she does.
This holiday season, I’ll be shopping for more books featuring diverse characters and families. It’s a great way to open a conversation, while also supporting writers of color. Here are 5 books and series that you should consider added to your Christmas shopping list.
Best Intro to Muslim Culture
Best Book for Celebrating Uniqueness
Best Book for Celebrating Diversity
Best Book for Breaking Gender Stereotypes
Best Book with an Empowering Message
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