Books to share with your children to encourage inclusiveness, spark conversations, and help answer difficult questions about current events.
For ages 4-8. Invites readers to understand and appreciate the hijab and the Muslim women who decide to wear it.
For ages 4-8. Educates and encourages pride in and respect for the hijab through a tale of two sisters.
For ages 3-7. A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective. Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.
For ages 3-7. Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!
For ages 3-7. When a girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--none of her answers seems to be the right one.
For ages 4-7. Phoebe, who is half Jamaican and half French, dislikes being called French Toast by her classmates since it seems to point out how her skin color.
For ages 4-8. Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name?
For ages 4-8. After being teased yet again about her unruly hair, MacKenzie consults her neighbor, Miss Tillie, who compares hair care with tending her beautiful garden and teaches MacKenzie some techniques.
For ages 4-8. A touching and lyrical picture book about a parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity.
For ages 5-8. Vibrant illustrations bring energy to Julius Lester's story as he explores what makes each of us special.
For ages 5-8. Help children explore topics like current affairs, compassion, empathy, and more with this sensitively written, beautifully illustrated book. Kids can find answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a racist or intolerant?" and "How can I help?."
For ages 6-9. His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer.
For ages 7-9. The story of Sylvia Mendez' legal challenge to school segregation.
For ages 7-11. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened and homesick. I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
For ages 8-11. Readers are taught to stand up for what is right in a safe way and become comfortable discussing this serious issue with others. Engaging illustrations and age-appropriate text guide readers through navigating this difficult matter.
For ages 8-12. The true story of Arturo Schomburg who created an enormous collection of books highlighting the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. His books are now at the New York Public Library.
For ages 9-11. "In our family, we don't see color," his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. Provides a strong foundation for difficult conversations.
For age 9 to 12. The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening.
For ages 9-12. Looks at ways to heal and repair the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous people which has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the impact of those schools.
For ages 9-12. Explores the protest movement.
For ages 9-12. Discusses the removal of Indigenous children from their families, the reasons behind their removal, their lives in foster care, and the feelings of identity loss, depression, and anxiety felt by many adoptees as a result of being raised in a non-Indigenous family.
For ages 10-12. A colouful guidebook to encourage reflection and action.
For ages 3 and under. A fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.
For ages 3-7. Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.