7 Nov 2018

10 Children’s Book With Ethnic Diversity

I’ve been asked a couple times now if I intentionally choose books “of colour” for Rheo or where I find them, and while part of my answer is no (I choose books that represent him in any way: skin colour, crazy hair, adventurous spirits, frequent travels and so on) also HELL YEAH I DO! Majority of book selections on the shelves just about anywhere, favour one grouping. I’m a big advocate for the idea that representation plays a crucial role in children growing up with self love and understanding, so I make the extra effort to ensure he grows up on various types of media, inclusive of diversity (especially relatable to himself). Looking for some suggestions? I’ve rounded up a few of our personal favourites with characters of colour.



A top pick over here because of it’s striking similarities to Rhe (main character is a bi-racial wild child with crazy hair he’s proud of). The same book, in another version is ‘Chocolate Me’. And while we haven’t read it, I plan to get my hands on it for love of the way the original was done.


#1 New York Times Best Seller, Wall Street Journal’s Best Children’s Book (2015) and winner of numerous other awards. This one is a total must have with vibrant story telling, beautiful illustrations and again – showcasing a family (boy, grandmother) of colour journeying through a city that holds many lessons of culture, diversity, privilege, accessibility and more, itself. 


Illustrations include a child of colour, however the overall tone of the book is just about embracing whatever it is that makes you – you! “Messy hair, beaver breath.”


Another book with diverse races illustrations, but message suitable to all children – talking about differences such as freckles and tooth gaps, with an emphasis on self acceptance. 


Another, New York Times Best Seller. If I had a daughter especially, this would be the only book she had...okay, just kidding but it’s so good. I found myself stuck reading through it while Rhe ran unleashed around the book store. With cute illustrations depicting notable leaders in black history, this well done children’s book shares the story of 40 women who paved the way.


Written by a world-renowned, feminist theorist, this one is a quick and easy sing-song type of book celebrating hair of shape and texture. 


I was initially attracted to this book for the massive afro gracing the cover, but it was even more inside, showcasing an Afro-Latino boy on tie hunt for “Bongo”. Through his search, the book depicts various emotions, facial expressions, and Spanish phrases for children to be entertained or taught by. 


A classic book for welcoming a new baby! But featuring a family of colour. This book shows the journey of a growing friendship and appreciation between older and younger siblings. 


One of Rhe’s favourite picks! This adventurous, fast paced story about 3 brothers, building lemonade stand businesses is fun for everyone. With no actual touching on race or diversity, the book features characters of colour and depicts how even siblings (or twins) are different.


Love yourself. Respect others. Be kind to everyone. Three messages that are hard to deny, regardless of representation. But this one, by activist Grace Byers (from Empire) has that too. Another from New York Times’ Best Seller List.

Enjoy these picks, and if you have any additional, 
I’m totally open to any goodness you want to send our way.

Xx, Olivia.
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