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Some of the best children’s books about diversity and inclusion

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 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.

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.

Sex education books for kids about diversity and inclusion

Love is Love by Michael Genhart
Love is Love by Michael Genhart is a book for young children who face discrimination because they have parents of the[...]
Giraffes Can’t Dance story by Giles Andreae
Giraffes Can't Dance story by Giles Andreae is a book for younger kids that you can use to talk about[...]
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma and David Dean
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma and David Dean is a beautiful book that talks about[...]
King and King by Linda de Haan
King and King by Linda de Haan is a lovely story about same-sex relationships ie the fact that you may[...]
Ouch! Moments When Words Are Used In Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart
Ouch! Moments When Words Are Used In Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart is a lovely book for younger children that[...]
Some Girls by Nelly Thomas
Some Girls by Nelly Thomas is a cute little book that talks about how girls can do anything. It's a[...]
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love is a beautifully illustrated and simple book about diversity. What I really like[...]
What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions for Kids by Juno Dawson
What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions for Kids by Juno Dawson explains gender to[...]
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman & Ros Aquith
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman & Ros Aquith is a book about families and how they differ.[...]
Everybody Has Those Thoughts. So It Doesn’t Mean You’re Gay by Christian YoungMiller
Everybody Has Those Thoughts. So It Doesn’t Mean You’re Gay by Christian YoungMiller is a book for tweens and teens[...]
Enid and her Two Mum’s by Jessica Skogstad
Enid and her Two Mum's by Jessica Skogstad is a book that addresses diversity, same-sex relationships and families. This one[...]
The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee is a book about gender for younger children. This is a[...]
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis is one of the first books that was written about the fact that sometimes[...]
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall is a book about being different. The book is about crayons and not[...]
Mummy Never Told Me by Babette Cole
Mummy Never Told Me by Babette Cole is a fantastic book for talking about many of the little things that[...]
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg is a book about sexuality. that is all the other things that[...]
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson is a lovely book that addresses diversity and explains that[...]
No Difference Between Us by Jayneen Sanders
No Difference Between Us by Jayneen Sanders is a book that talks about the differences and similarities between the different[...]
I am Jazz book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
I am Jazz book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings is a book for young children about transgender. It tells[...]
It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr is a fantastic book that talks about the fact that we are all[...]
Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton
Introducing Teddy: a story about being yourself  by Jessica Walton, is a book for younger children  about gender and how[...]
The Gender Fairy by Jo Hirst
The Gender Fairy by Jo Hirst is a lovely book for children that can be used to start a conversation[...]
The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton
The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton that addresses gender and diversity. It is the story of a boy[...]
Who We Are! All about being the same and being different by Robie H. Harris
Who We Are! All about being the same and being different by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a[...]
Who’s in my family? All about our families by Robie H. Harris
Who's In My Family? All about our families is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and is ideal[...]
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert is a book for younger children on transgenderism, that is about a boy who feels[...]
William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow is a lovely story about gender stereotypes. This book is an old one (but a[...]
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman is a fantastic little book that preaches that it is okay to[...]
Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain: Book Review
Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain, by Jayneen Sanders, allows parents to start having some important conversation with their kids. As the mother[...]

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 book review site.

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