When you think of diverse picture books, what do you think of? Are they books that highlight issues? Books based on historical events or racial tensions? Those are very important books- I’m so glad there are many of them.

Grace Lin tells us that it is important for books to serve as both mirrors and windows. Mirrors- so that they can see themselves in the stories they read, and windows- so that they can peek into the lives of others and develop empathy for those who are different.

Read-Aloud Revival moms with children of color have told me that their kids don’t have enough books with mirrors. Books about ordinary childhood problems- not rooted in historical events or racial tensions– where the characters in the story aren’t white.

And that? That is a problem.

The Read-Aloud Revival team has put together a list of our favorite diverse picture books to celebrate the everyday.

These are books that don’t shine a spotlight on historical events or racial tensions, but just show children of color doing everyday kinds of things. We think every home should have plenty of these on the shelves.

Scroll down to the end of this post if you want a list to print out and take with you to the library.

The books:

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The Snowy Day
Big Snow
Full, Full, Full of Love
A Pocket for Corduroy
Come On, Rain!
Joshua’s Night Whispers
Joshua By The Sea
Do Like Kyla (Orchard Paperbacks)
Mama, Do You Love Me?
Papa, Do You Love Me?
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading Level 3)
You Were the First
Lola at the Library
The Favorite Daughter
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
Storm in the Night
Real Cowboys
Last Stop on Market Street
I Smell Honey: Family Celebration Board Books
Pretty Brown Face Pretty Brown Face
Flossie and the Fox
In Plain Sight: A Game
The Talking Eggs
Bee-Bim Bop!
Over and Under the Pond
Jabari Jumps
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Ten, Nine, Eight Board Book
Whose Knees are These?
When God Made You
We Have a Baby
Feast for 10
The World Is Awake: A celebration of everyday blessings

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