Our world is a vast place full of diversity and multiculturalism. Despite that fact, the majority of books don’t properly reflect the reality of our world. It is of the upmost importance for our children to see themselves portrayed in the pages of books from an early age.
If they see themselves in books, they will be able to understand themselves and their communities. If they understand themselves and their communities, they will be able to understand others and their communities. If they understand their own world, they will be able to understand beyond their world. Children who grow up with a conscience about our diverse and multicultural world will make it a better place.
Following that thought, I set out to find delightful multicultural board books for our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These were not easy to find because there is a lack of them. Without a doubt, we need more diverse books. That being said, below is a booklist of the best multicultural board books I found.
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10 Multicultural Board Books for Children
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All the World Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee.
All the world is everywhere. Liz Garton Scalon’s poetic text and Marla Frazee’s serene illustrations capture the little, yet important, things that make our world wonderful.
Whoever You Are / Quienquiera que seas Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub.
This bilingual edition reminds us about our common humanity. We all feel joy, pain, and smile the same way despite our different cultures and traditions.
Every Little Thing Based on the song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. Adapted by Cedella Marley and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
A joy to read, Every Little Thing‘s uplifting lyrical text and lively illustrations positively reaffirms that we must get up and keep going after making mistakes.
God’s Dream Written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Featuring diverse children from around the word in eye-catching illustrations, Tutu and Carlton convey a spiritual message of unity, hope, and peace for our world.
In the Wind Written by Elizabeth Spurr and illustrated by Manelle Oliphant.
Positively portraying a family of color, In the Wind introduces children to play by showing a lovely little girl having fun outside with a kite.
My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo is the award-winning story of a girl exploring the wonderful and vibrant colors of our world.
Mama Do You Love Me? Written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee.
Set up in the Arctic and filled with nature-oriented illustrations, this is the funny and transcendental story of an Inuit girl who tests the limits of her mother’s patience and love.
Dim Sum for Everyone! Written and illustrated by Grace Lin.
Learn a bit about dim sum, and all the different kinds of delicious little dishes it offers, with this rhythmic story by award-winning author Grace Lin.
I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere! Written and illustrated by Yasmin Ibrahim.
A poignant and positive lesson in our times, Ibrahim teaches little Muslim girls that they can wear hijabs everywhere.
Global Babies By the Global Fund for Children.
Global Babies introduces little ones to gorgeous pictures of babies from different parts of the world, instilling diversity and multiculturalism in their imaginations from an early start.
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