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Embracing our Differences – December Suggestions

“The things that make me different are the things that make me me.” — Piglet (A.A. Milne).
Books have a magical power to transport the reader into any world at any given point in time. We can sit at home and become completely immersed in somebody else’s life. Best of all, books help to expand our understanding of different people and cultures as well as ourselves.
When we read a story as a child, it becomes a part of our own identity. Reading a diverse range of books exposes children to an array of characters with different perspectives. This helps give children a heart for everyone, thus assisting in developing empathy.
This month, the @kidlitpicks book club is featuring books about embracing our differences, a theme chosen and introduced by @booksandbabycinos. It is our hope to create a collection of books that celebrate the diversity of people around the world so that all children might see themselves reflected in stories as well as read about people they’ve never met. Thanks to Mel from letstalkpicturebooks.com for compiling this list.

Perfectly Norman, by Tom Percival
“Norman’s wings represent any difference our children may have. The yellow coat he hides them under embodies the many emotions that accompany a fear of being accepted. What we learn from Norman’s story is that we’re not made from cookie cutters, we’re not meant to be exactly alike. Difference is beautiful and perfectly perfect.” — Summer from @readingisourthing

This Is NOT a Valentine, by ​​Carter Higgins and Lucy Ruth Cummins

“Maybe the sweetest, least saccharine, most touching book about love that ever existed.” — Mel from @spiky_penelope

The Lion Inside, by Rachel Bright and‎ Jim Field

“This book has long been a favourite in our house –– beautiful and inspiring verses, illustrations that jump off the page and a great message to take away with you makes it picture book perfection for me.” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit

How to Say I Love You in Five Languages, by Kenard Pak

This simple but meaningful book embraces love around the world!”  Leah from @astoryaday

Odd Dog Out, by Rob Biddulph

“This is a brilliant ‘coming of age’, learning to accept oneself story for the tiniest tots.” —  Kim from @bookbairn

Most People, by Michael Leannah and Jennifer Morris

“With a thoughtful author’s note, we can’t recommend this book enough.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

Lots, by Marc Martin

“It caught my eye and I haven’t been able to take my eyes off it ever since.” — De from @books_and_babycinos

Under The Love Umbrella, by Davina Bell and Allison Cosploy“For children and parents to see their families represented and celebrated in stories is a vital.” — De from @books_and_babycinos

Home and Away, by John Marsden

“The global refugee crisis and the acceptance of a diverse population is highlighted in this powerful and incredibly moving story of a typical (wait for it!) Australian family forced to flee as refugees when war ravages our country.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis

“It was after reading Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis, that I realized how worldwide and culturally rich this tale actually is. ” — Wendy from @homegrownreader

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