Diversify your child’s bookshelf with these books

Goodnight stories for rebel girls

As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines across the globe, many Australian parents are wanting to diversify their child’s bookshelves.

They want to give their children a greater view of the many colours, cultures and people that make up the world rather than the “white-washed” pictures we overwhelmingly see.

We’ve put together a short list of books that help illustrate exactly that. It is not a definitive list, so if you know of others comment below and let us know!

See me move! By Sascha Hutchinson and Heidi Lineham

Some ideas, but not limited to, include:

A letter to Amy by Ezra Keats

Baby business by Jasmine Seymour

Change starts with us by Sophie Beer

Kindness Makes is strong by Sophie Beer

Counting our country by Jill Daniels

Cunning crow by Gregg Dreise

Good night stories for rebel girls (part one and two) by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

Goodnight stories for rebel girls

Finding our heart by Thomas Mayor and Blak Douglas

Hair love by Matthew Cherry

I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox

Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury

Everywhere Babies” by Susan Meyers

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

Lovely by Jess Hong

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Just the Way We Are by Jessica Shirvington & Claire Robertson

Little People, Big Dreams Series (including but not limited to) – Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali & Rosa Parks

My Muslim Mate by Amal Abou-Eid

Why Does Mum Wear a Hijab? by Amal Abou-Eid

My kind by Eddie Betts

Not my idea by Anastasia Higginbottom

Saturday by Oge Mora

The last dance by Sally Morgan

This love, Isabel Otter

All Because you Matter by Tami Charles

The Proudest Blue by by Ibtihaj Muhammad

The Colors of U by Karen Katz

I Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear

Where Are You From by Yamile Saied Méndez

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Ten little fingers and ten little toes

My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Skin Like Mine by Latisha M Perry

Hair Like Mine by Latisha M Perry

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne

Thread of Love by Kobir Sehgal and Surishtha Seghal

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders

The Skin You Live in by Michael Tyler

All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Black is Beautiful by Ann McGovern

Have you Thanked and Inventor Today by Patrice McLaurin

Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard

An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Seasame Street – We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

Little Legends Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Black is a Rainbow Colour by Angela Joy

Who run the world?

I am Enough by Grace Byers

Sulwe Hardcover Lupita Nyong’o

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde

Willy-willy Wagtail by Helen Milroy

Do you have any other favourites we missed? Comment below!

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