Children's Books with Diverse Characters

Diverse Book covers

We believe that one of the many ways to teach children to embrace our diverse world is through books! This is a brief list of books with characters who are diverse in skin color, race, culture, ability, class, sexual orientation, language, family structure, gender, and religion. We encourage you to seek out books with diverse characters and themes for your children. ~ PIC's Diversity Committee


Infant - Pre-k

The Skin You Live in, Michael Tyler

It's OK to be Different, Todd Parr

Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña

Mama, Mommy and Me, Lesléa Newman


K - Grade 3

Mama Zooms, Jane Cowen-Fletcher

Whoever You Are, Mem Fox

The Name Jar, Yangsook Choi

And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson


Grade 4 - Grade 6

Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Garden of my Imaan, Farhana Zia

The Same Stuff as Stars, Katherine Paterson