This blog is written by Ashley, a momma to her virtual twins, daughter’s Eden and Shiloh. As a former Purl family, previous blog contributor and mental health therapist, Ashley loves sharing about a passion she loves even more than ranch dip and coffee: children’s books. Though most days she is a stay-at-home momma, she contributes at Ataraxis Counseling LLC, where she supports women and mothers as a mental health counselor. You can follow along at Ataraxis_Counseling on IG, or at ataraxiscounseling.com.

books as a propeller for discussion and change“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Reading books are not only a wonderful bonding activity to do with our children, but they are a valuable tool to introduce concepts and ideas that open doors for discussion in our families. It can feel daunting as a parent to start conversations with our children about many complicated issues like adding a child through adoption, losing a family member or understanding racial prejudice. Books provide parents with language to explain these topics in age-appropriate ways, complete with engaging pictures and colors that soothe even the fiercest of worries.

As a momma of a beautiful brown daughter, I’m not only concerned that she has access to books that reflect her characteristics and heritage, but that all our children learn about others with physical and learning impediments, varying cultural customs and socioeconomic freedoms. It is crucial that we are all devoted to our own children’s access (regardless of their own color, learning abilities or class), to children’s books that depict characters different than them with stories varying from their own. Raising children who are aware of our multicultural world makes them more accepting of their fellow human being’s differences and eager to socialize with other children regardless of their appearance or worldview. Children can learn to appreciate our differences and are willing to learn from others. Together, we can raise a more inclusive and loving generation that truly values human life and every individual’s inherent worth.

Below are some highly recommend children’s books that share beautiful messages related to our differences that can help you get started on your multicultural literary collection! For more reviews on books and where you can purchase them, visit these accounts:

Little Box Of Books

Diverse Kids Books

Double Trouble by Sarah Dyer 📚Age 4-8 Years 📚This book shares about twins doing what they love most - making trouble!Double Trouble by Sarah Dyer
📚Age 4-8 Years
📚This book shares about twins doing what they love most – making trouble!My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussein Illustrated by Ella Bailey 📚Age 3-6 Years 📚An engaging book for helping your child understand and discuss their worries and anxieties.My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussein
Illustrated by Ella Bailey
📚Age 3-6 Years
📚An engaging book for helping your child understand and discuss their worries and anxieties.Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst 📚Age 4-9 Years 📚A colorful book about the women who have changed our world for the better!Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst
📚Age 4-9 Years
📚A colorful book about the women who have changed our world for the better!The Incredible Hotel by Kate Davies Illustrated by Isabelle Follath 📚Age 4-8 Years 📚Beautifully illustrated book about Stefan; who is a kitchen porter and dreams of making cakes.The Incredible Hotel by Kate Davies
Illustrated by Isabelle Follath
📚Age 4-8 Years
📚Beautifully illustrated book about Stefan; who is a kitchen porter and dreams of making cakes.Pass it On by Sophy Henn 📚Age 3-6 Years 📚Book that depicts of joy of sharing happiness with others.Pass it On by Sophy Henn
📚Age 3-6 Years
📚Book that depicts of joy of sharing happiness with others.Welcome to Our World by Moira Butterfield and Harriet Lynas 📚3-12 Years 📚 An informing read about children all around the world, featuring their homes, cultural customs and varying languages.Welcome to Our World by Moira Butterfield and Harriet Lynas
📚3-12 Years
📚 An informing read about children all around the world, featuring their homes, cultural customs and varying languages.I am Human, A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H Reynolds 📚3-12 Years 📚A book on emotions and how others experience them.I am Human, A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H Reynolds
📚3-12 Years
📚A book on emotions and how others experience them.

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