Teaching Diversity: Book Recommendations

Here are books available at the NTS Library that teach children to appreciate and respect all people, no matter what!


  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.

  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (E WOO)

Two girls, one white and one African-American, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

  • Skin Again by Bell Hooks (E HOO)

Children note that skin color is not as important as what is inside a person for determining who a person really is.


  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell (E RIC)

When an egg is left without a mother or father at a big city zoo, two male penguins adopt it as their own.

  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings (E HER)

A spunky trans girl named Jazz tells about her life.

  • Malala, A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, A Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winters (331.31 Win)

A book describing the struggle of Malala, the Nobel Prize-winning girls’ education activist and her fellow Pakistani hero Iqbal who was killed for fighting against child labor.


  • Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale by Fawzia Gilani-Williams (E Gil)

Nabeel, a young Muslim man, celebrates the Islamic holiday of Eid with a new pair of pants.

  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (E POL)

A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

  • Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator (E GER)

Despite criticism for his lack of “accomplishments,” Takiboki finds contentment sweeping flower blossoms and raking the sand and gravel in the monks’ temple garden. Includes a note on the art and beauty of Japanese gardens.



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