This Fall, RRPL is challenging families to read more diverse books. We Read Together, We Stand Together is a Beanstack challenge for kids and their families. We challenge our young patrons to read five diverse books. Below are some of our favorite picture books that teach and celebrate what makes us different and what brings us together. The We Read Together, We Stand Together Challenge goes from September 1 – December 20.
When five-year-old Sulwe’s classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
A little girl’s daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
Rhyming text and illustrations celebrate being content with the skin in which one lives, whatever that skin might be.
Rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.
A sweet timely picture book about kindness and connection, ideal for schools and classrooms.
Elmore the porcupine feels warm and comfortable in his neighborhood and has many friends. But lately he has been feeling that he is missing someone, someone who will always be there — a best friend.
When a young girl is asked where she’s from–where she’s really from–she’s no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn’t quite give her the answer she expects.