At Lake Forrest Prep, we strongly believe in nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We also LOVE books! Reading together is a wonderful way to instill these values in young minds. We’re excited to share a list of six delightful books that not only captivate young readers but also impart the vital lesson of inclusion. These books remind us that we’re better together than we ever are apart.
“The Crayon Box That Talked” by Shane DeRolf
This colorful and imaginative book tells the story of a box of crayons learning to embrace their unique colors and come together to create a beautiful picture. It’s a fantastic way to introduce the concept of celebrating differences and working harmoniously, just like the colors in a crayon box. It’s also a great book to help children unpack larger societal issues like discrimination.
“We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio
Based on the bestselling novel “Wonder,” this picture book encourages empathy and understanding for younger readers. It follows the journey of Auggie, a young boy with a facial deformity, as he navigates the challenges of being different. Just like the novel, this children’s book version is a poignant tale that emphasizes the importance of kindness and acceptance.
“Strictly No Elephants” by Lisa Mantchev
In this heartwarming story, a boy and his tiny pet elephant face exclusion from a pet club because the elephant isn’t a traditional pet. It beautifully illustrates the power of friendship, acceptance, and standing up against discrimination.
“The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates
This story is a metaphorical tale about a big-hearted umbrella that welcomes everyone, regardless of their shape, size, or color. It’s a simple yet powerful tool to introduce the concept of inclusivity and embracing diversity to young readers.
“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor, this book follows a young boy and his grandmother as they take a bus ride through their community. It explores socioeconomic diversity and the beauty that lies in appreciating the world around us, no matter our backgrounds.
“It’s Okay To Be Different” by Todd Parr
This book has been a bestseller for over 20 years for a reason! Todd Parr’s whimsical and colorful book encourages children to embrace their uniqueness and differences. It’s a cute read that reinforces the idea that our individuality is what makes the world an exciting and vibrant place.
Reading these books together with your child offers valuable opportunities for discussions about diversity, empathy, and the importance of including everyone in our lives. At Lake Forrest Prep, we believe in promoting understanding, compassion, and acceptance as part of our holistic education. These books are just the beginning of our journey to foster a more inclusive world for all. Happy reading!