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Celebrate Our Differences (Kids)

Explore this list of titles promoting tolerance.

Pete the Cat's groovy guide to kindness : tips from a cool cat on how to be kind by Kim Dean

A collection of quotes by famous notables, including Henry James, Booker T. Washington, and Judy Blume, echoes Pete the Cat's thoughts on kindness.

Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin

Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party

How to be respectful : a question and answer book about respect by Emily James

Showing respect is very important. But what does that mean? Readers will learn through examples in a fun question and answer format that treating others the way you would want to be treated shows respect.

I promise by Lebron James

"I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today." -- Amazon.com

The big umbrella by Amy June Bates

A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.

The world needs more purple people by Kristen Bell

Penny Purple shows readers how to be a purple person, an everyday hero that brings together their family, friends, and community.

I like being me : poems about kindness, friendship, and making good choices by Judy Lalli

"Twenty-six rhyming poems invite children to develop character and acquire social-emotional skills. Accompanying photographs show children from diverse backgrounds in realistic settings. Back matter provides adults with discussion prompts and activity ideas"--

Antiracist baby by Ibram X Kendi

Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences

Rain Boy by Dylan Glynn

Wherever Rain Boy goes, rain follows, and when he is invited to Sun Kidd's birthday party the other children complain that his presence is ruining their fun; now Sun Kidd is hiding in her room because she is upset by her friends' behavior, and an apparently an endless storm has descended on the world--until they all discover that something wonderful happens when rain and sun finally get together.

Kindness makes the world go round by Craig (Author) Manning

When his mother surprises him with a camera for World Kindness Day, Elmo sets out to capture in photographs how his friends on Sesame Street show kindness.

What if everybody said that? by Ellen Javernick

A child learns that there are consequences for saying thoughtless things, from making fun of someone with glasses to refusing to invite a new kid in the neighborhood to play.

Kindness and generosity : it starts with me! by Jodie Shepherd

"We would all like to be considered kind and generous. But like other positive attributes, these qualities take practice. 'Kindness and Generosity: It Start with Me!' can help. Chock full of familiar situations and helpful hints, this book gives readers the tools they need to develop this important character strength" --Back cover

I am human : a book of empathy by Susan Verde

A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.

I am love : A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde

Explores many aspects of love that can help one weather any storm, including that love is comfort, effort, connection, and taking care of oneself.

You can be kind, Pout-Pout Fish! by Deborah Diesen

After his whole class appears to be in a bad mood, Mr. Fish realizes that it will only take a simple act of kindness to turn the day around.

You matter by Christian Robinson

Illustrations and easy-to-read text remind the reader that no matter what happens or how one feels, he or she matters.

Ways to welcome by Linda Ashman

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show how to give a friendly welcome at school, in the neighborhood, or at home.

Chloe on the bright side by Courtney Sheinmel

Rejected by the cool girls club, fifth-grader Chloe Silver, new in town after her parents' divorce, forms a different type of club, with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Leo Barish, that tests out different acts of kindness on classmates

Someone new by Anne Sibley O'Brien

When three children, Jesse, Jason, and Emma, are confronted with new classmates from different ethnic backgrounds, they strive to overcome their initial reactions, and to understand, accept, and welcome Maria, Jin, and Fatima.

All welcome here by James Preller

A picture book collection of haiku poems celebrates the first day of school and all of its excitement, challenges, and anxieties, while multimedia paintings and collages by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Noisy Paintbox depict diverse characters navigating relatable first day experiences.

Our favorite day of the year by A Ali

Four kindergartners who think they have nothing in common become friends after sharing traditions of their holidays, including Eid-ul-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, Christmas, and Pi Day.

ABCs of kindness by Patricia Hegarty

Uses the alphabet to teach young readers the importance of kindness.

Daniel chooses to be kind by Rachel Kalban

King Friday allows Daniel to take care of his royal duties for the day, but he tells Daniel that above all, kings need to be kind, so Daniel follows the rule to the letter as he helps people around the neighborhood.

All are welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

You are my friend : the story of Mister Rogers and his neighborhood by Aimee Reid

"Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television personalities ever, but before he was the man who brought us "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", he was just little Freddie Rogers. You Are My Friend tells how Fred was a sickly and lonely child. At school, he was bullied and had trouble making friends and expressing his feelings. His parents and grandparents encouraged Fred to ask for help and explore his world. When Fred grew up he became a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness, and he realized that he could spread his message through television. His simple message still resonates with us today: 'There's no person in the world like you and I like you just the way you are.' Outside of recent news, You Are My Friend will endure because of its smart writing, focus, and gentle homage to a very popular, kind, understated, good soul and role model"--

Kindness. by Julie Murray

Looks at ways to be kind, including sharing toys, taking turns, and helping with chores.

The starkeeper by Faith Pray

In a dark, rainy, lonely world a girl's wish brings a star to earth, but its light fades until her acts of kindness make the star spark and flame.

Kindness makes us strong by Sophie Beer

"This...board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path, and on a neighborhood street."--

Your name is a song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names
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