An important part of sex education is the acceptance and tolerance of diversity, and there are some fantastic children's books about diversity and inclusion, that will help you with getting started!
As a parent, I explain diversity to my kids as 'being diffferent'. The message that I share with my children, is that everyone is different (them included) and that's okay. Which means that my kids are okay about people being different to them (which means they are less likely to treat them differently or exclude them because of it). Plus they understand that it is also okay for them to be different too. My daughter has red hair and receives a lot of unwanted attention because of it. But she understands that it is okay to be different and it doesn't negatively impact on her self esteem or body image.
So if you are unsure about how to start talking about diversity and inclusion, then books are a great way to comfortably start talking about being dfferent. This list of children's books about diversity and inclusion will help you with starting conversations about diversity in race, culture, families, bodies, behaviours, clothing and much more. You'll find in these lists, books that talk about gender as well as gender identity (gender diverse, transgender, gender fluid, etc).
You will only find books in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.
These are some of the many children's books about diversity and inclusion that have been written for children. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that kids can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships. Plus they will help prepare you too!
If you have looked at these children's books about diversity and inclusion, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex education book review site.
I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.