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15Nov2022

Diversity: Why is it Important

We live in a world full of people of many races, genders, ethnicities and cultures.  Diversity is everywhere around us.  But to embrace diversity means to seek out people and ideas that are different from you and your ideas. If you seek out the experience of diversity in your life, you’ll have regular exposure to new people, cultures, traditions. You’ll learn new skills to speak and interact with other communities and ideas.  The diverse and multicultural Christmas book options below are one way that you and your child(ren) can expand your worldview.

Different Cultures and Their Celebrations

Cultural celebrations may be unique to each culture, but every culture has their rituals and celebrations. Learning about the celebrations of other cultures helps us understand others’ perspectives, broaden our own, and educate ourselves. For instance, if you belong to a Christian family, what would you celebrate on the 25th of December? It’s likely that you will celebrate Christmas. But what holidays do other cultures celebrate at this time of year? By being culturally aware, you will broaden your vision and that of your children. Additionally, the world can begin to be a more loving, accepting, and peaceful place by learning about one another.

Mindset and Responsibilities of Authors

According to the latest stats, only 15% of books in the United States were written with diversity in mind. This statistic means that the remaining 85% of books were written using only white people. The United States is a nation far more diverse than that. But unfortunately, our writers aren’t writing the stories that truly reflect all the unique cultures and people in this country. The Christmas book selections below represent unique traditions and diverse groups of people during this special time of year.  Enjoy!

1. Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

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In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and speak the word aloud. Peace.”

Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou’s celebration of the “Glad Season” is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life.

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2. 10 Trim-The-Tree’ers

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Help your children count down to Christmas with ten little neighbors trimming the tree in their building’s lobby. In this Christmas book, 1 shiny golden star is at the very tip-top and 2 strings of flashing lights that just won’t stop. Janet Schulman and Linda Davick, the creators of 10 Trick-or-Treaters and 10 Easter Egg Hunters, return with this brightly colored Christmas board book that begs to be read aloud again and again.

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3. Disney It’s a Small World Hello, World!

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This charming Christmas book takes children on a world tour by teaching them to say “Hello” in 10 different languages and includes all-new, colorful artwork inspired by Mary Blair’s designs for the famous Disney theme park attraction, “It’s a Small World.”

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4. The Christmas Truck

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This cheerful Christmas book shares the adventure of a puppy dog driving a truck to pick up the perfect Christmas tree. Filled with fun vehicle sounds, this story of excitement will especially appeal to children who can’t get enough of cars, trains, trucks, and anything that goes vroom! 

The Christmas Truck features
– fun rhyming text that describes the colors, sights, and sounds of the season
– a celebration of favorite Christmas and winter traditions
– a glittered cover and fun die-cut shape
– sturdy board pages just right for 0 to 4-year-old hands

Full of spirit, this Christmas book is a great stocking stuffer, Advent gift, or thoughtful holiday “I love you” present for toddlers and preschoolers just learning the joys of the holiday season as well as for any fan of Little Blue Truck and Digger, Dozer, Dumper. Your family will love joining this cheerful red truck in Christmas preparations as you anticipate Christmas morning. Beep! Beep! It’s Christmas!

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5. The Legend of the Poinsettia

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In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside.

This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

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6. Christmas in Noisy Village

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Let the beloved author of Pippi Longstocking take you on an adventure to Noisy Village!

The noisy children of three neighboring families are celebrating the season by baking cookies, cutting and decorating trees, eating fruitcake and tarts, and opening Christmas gifts. With illustrations by Ilon Wikland, the master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through Christmas in the Noisy Village!

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7. The Nutcracker in Harlem

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This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season.

In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy.

This quintessential holiday tale is brought to vivid life by debut picture book author T. E. McMorrow and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. An author’s note at the end provides additional information about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, and about the author’s inspiration for this musical retelling.

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8. Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

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It’s almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico. For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven’t seen in years. But when Juan’s gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea. Here is a heartwarming tale of families and the miracle of love.

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9. Silent Night

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Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated Christmas book, based on the world’s best-loved carol. Rediscover the Nativity Story in all its glory—from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels—as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. The world’s diversity is reflected in a cast of characters with a range of skin tones. A gorgeous book for all the family to share during the festive season.

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10. Miracle on 133rd Street

Sonia Manzano from Sesame Street and two-time Caldecott Honor-recipient Marjorie Priceman have cooked up a Christmas tale about how the simplest things—like the tantalizing smell of Christmas dinner and the sharing of it—can become a holiday miracle.

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11. Twelve Days of Christmas

A sparkling version of the popular Christmas song, in a new edition with beautiful fabric illustrations by Rachel Griffin and notes on the festival and the history of the song.

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12. December’s Gift: An Interfaith Holiday Story

Join Clara and her two grandmothers, Bubbe and Grammy, in their warm kitchens during the December holidays. Clara’s experiences in December’s Gift are very specific to her family: frying latkes with Bubbe and baking cookies with Grammy. Hot oil and sugary stars tell two stories of different miracles as the two grandmothers recount holiday memories and cooking traditions. Clara comes to realize how she is being given December’s gift and will give both traditions to her own family someday. Clara’s experiences of both cultures are rich and inviting, offering children the opportunity to see themselves reflected in her world.

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13. I Got the Christmas Spirit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting–CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.

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14. Damon and the Magic Christmas Tree

Damon is a seven-year-old from Seattle, Washington. He wants a Superman action figure for Christmas, and he wants to spend the holidays with his family at their home in Seattle. Instead, his parents tell him that they’re all flying to New York City to visit Damon’s grandmother.

Then Damon finds out about the magic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center that lights up the entire city, and he begins to get excited about going to New York. When he and his family arrive, however, he finds out that his grandmother doesn’t even celebrate Christmas! Instead, she celebrates Hanukkah. Will Damon be disappointed, or will he learn a lesson about the true meaning of these special holidays?

Damon and the Magic Christmas Tree teaches children about the delights of Christmas and Hanukkah. Damon will show readers how to recognize the joys that can be found all around them. This smart, sweet little boy dreams of being a superhero. His dream comes true as he brings light and laughter to your family this holiday season.

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15. Tree of Cranes

As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy’s very first Christmas.

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16. Grandma’s Gift

This prequel to Eric Velasquez’s biographical picture book Grandma’s Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift-a set of paints-to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heart-warming story of self-discovery, Grandma’s Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

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17. Native American Night before Christmas

An innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale, this full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for a Native American family when Old Red Shirt (the Native American Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities and other goodies. Renowned Cherokee artist Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art. A delight for people of all ages and cultures, especially those interested in Native customs and art.

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18. An Aboriginal Carol

Best-selling Canadian author David Bouchard reworks Canada’s oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. The art of Moses Beaver, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario (Nikinamik), resonates and awakens an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand the birth of Christ from an Aboriginal worldview. The pride of the north, Susan Aglukark, interprets, for the first time, the revered carol.

Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada’s Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan. Also available in French and Inuktituk. An Aboriginal Carol is certain to become a classic.

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19. A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” populating it with piñatas in place of partridges, plus burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. In this version a little girl receives gifts from a secret amiga, whose identity is a sweet surprise at the book’s conclusion. There are things to find and count in Spanish on every page, with pronunciations provided right in the pictures and a glossary and music following the story. This joyous fiesta will warm even the coldest of hearts.

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20. ‘Twas Nochebuena

It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re invited to a Nochebuena celebration! Follow a family as they prepare to host a night filled with laughter, love, and Latino tradition. Make tasty tamales and hang colorful adornos (decorations) on the walls. Gather to sing festive canciones (songs) while sipping champurrado (hot chocolate). After the midnight feast has been served and the last gifts have been unwrapped, it’s time to cheer, “Feliz Navidad and to all a good night!” Savor the magic of Nochebuena with a holiday tale you’ll want to read again and again. 

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Conclusion

Cosmic Unicorns believes to create a more diverse, inclusive, and the empowering world for our children we need to educate them about cultures, beliefs, and practices other than our own. In addition to the awesome Interfaith books shared above your little unicorn will LOVE a personalized adventure book of their own for a holiday gift, birthday gift, or just because of gift! Customize your own today at cosmicunicorns.com

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3Nov2022

Cosmic Unicorns is committed to bringing more diverse, inclusive, and empoweringbooks to the world’s bookshelves. We go to great lengths to make sure the books and products we’re recommending are AWESOME and fit our affirming criteria. These children’s books about Yule and Winter Solstice may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you purchase from my link, at no additional cost to you.

Yule – the celebration of the Winter Solstice

Yule is a holiday celebrated by many cultures, both ancient and modern, as a time of honoring the rebirth of the Sun. Aside from that, Yule is a great way of paying respects to each other by practicing the act of gift-giving and merrymaking. Falling on December 21st, Yule is a holiday that holds a special place in the hearts of many. As it takes place on the winter solstice, many families unite during the longest night on Earth to eagerly await the return of light, hope, and new promise. 

What to know about Yule customs and celebrations

Yule incorporates many aspects of the natural world and is based in ancient pagan celebrations. Bonfires, Yule log, mistletoe, the boughs of evergreen trees, and gift-giving became an inevitable part of this tradition. In Germanic legends, wreaths of evergreens are hung as a symbol of Holda, the goddess of winter, who brings presents to children who have been good. In addition, a traditional Yule log can be seen in the majority of households during this time. The sound of the oak log in the fireplace slowly crackling throughout the night, brings a sense of warmth and benevolence.

The importance of teaching your children about Yule and Winter Solstice

Reading about the customs and traditions of Yule can help children know the true meaning of unity which brings a sense of belonging and hope for a brighter day. Since gift-giving is a very important part of the tradition, children can learn how to incorporate empathy for others. Check out the list below for diverse stories about Yule and the Winter Solstice:

1. The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by: Wendy Pfeffer

Inquisitiveness is one of the essential traits that children need to develop from the start. If you always find your child asking you a plethora of questions and eagerly waiting for your answer, then rest assured that you have a future book aficionado in the family. The first snow, the sparkling snowflakes, and days that all of a sudden become clouded by night. By reading this book, your child can easily gain insight into what happens at the beginning of the winter.

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2. Rupert’s Tales: The Wheel of the Year – Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, and Ostara by Kyrja

What better way to teach your children about the importance of acceptance and tolerance? A great answer is through adventurous tales about how people celebrate different seasonal holidays. Rupert the rabbit, the protagonist of this exciting book, will easily guide your children through the seasons of Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, and Ostara. Also, and teach them about different customs and how they work to bring love and happiness to their families.

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3. Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison

The Yuletide season always brings a special kind of magic with it, regardless of where you are. This book gives a fascinating insight into the myth, legend, lore, and spells of the winter solstice. From the history of Yule to learning how to create crafts and different kinds of food, this guidebook is a must-have. It will definitely improve both your child’s thinking and creative skills.

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4. The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads by Heidi Herman

The art of gift-giving is one of the vital parts of the Yule tradition. But why not teach your children its importance through a fun tale about the friendship of a troll and a human boy? After being seen by a shepherd boy, Stekkjastaur gives the boy a gift to keep him from revealing his identity. Slowly, he realizes that his act of giving gifts to keep the boy silent actually brings a sense of happiness. That is when he learns that the very act of giving and making somebody happy is what sparks the greatest joy in a person.

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5. Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story by Geri Keams and James Bernadin

This adorably-illustrated book can be a great introduction to folklore and customs for the youngest. It retells a traditional Cherokee story of Grandmother Spider and how she managed to succeed in bringing light to the animals. These animals lived in the darkness for a very long time. It teaches the importance of how one person’s ambition to save the world can be carried out if we decide to work in unison.

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Conclusion:

Cosmic Unicorns believes that in order to create a more diverse, inclusive, and empowering world for our children we need to educate them about cultures, beliefs, and practices other than our own. In addition to the awesome Yule and Winter Solstice books shared above, your little unicorn will LOVE a personalized adventure book of their own for a holiday gift, birthday gift, or just because  gift! Customize your own today at cosmicunicorns.com

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24Oct2022

It is heartwarming to see kids enjoy what they love and  who they want to become. Both boys and girls share similarities and differences and all of them are special. Some kids may feel that they are a different gender than the gender they were assigned at birth. This is known as being transgender.

When Aidan Become a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Transgender people are those whose identity is different from the gender they were given at birth. Due to misunderstanding, judgment, and stigma, it can be challenging for transgender people to talk to others about their gender identity. It is even hard to have these conversations with family and loved ones. Children at a young age are no exception to this, and it takes courage to overcome fears of rejection about their new gender identity.

The Key Lessons To Seize With This Book About Transgender

Fortunately, some parents show loving support to their children have decided to take a new gender path. This never-ending kind of love from parents is present in the outstanding book by Kyle Lukoff entitled When Aidan Became a Brother. This book celebrates the main character’s changes from a girl to a transgender boy and becoming a big brother instead of a big sister. Here are the key lessons to learn with this book: 

Learning the importance of honesty and communication

With this heartwarming book, children will learn the importance of honesty and communication. Understandably, telling parents what they feel inside may be difficult. But opening up with their family can help them overcome the struggles they are facing. After all, your family will always be your go-to person when it comes to difficulties. If their immediate family is not supportive of their gender identity, it is important for a transgender youth to find a trusting person in whom they can confide.

Loving yourself completely for who you really are

Some children may feel very different from other kids because they are transgender. But this book will help them see that loving themselves completely for who they truly are, is the best thing to accomplish. Of course, every kid wants to be loved and accepted by the people close to them. But learning to love themselves first will help them show love to others and choose friends and chosen family who love them for who they are.

The magic of appreciation and acceptance from the family

There’s nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than appreciation and acceptance from your family. Many transgender people desire family acceptance, and unfortunately, not all transgender people receive it. When transgender folks of any age feel appreciated, expressing more of themselves would be easy. With this book, children and even adults can learn how acceptance from one’s family gives magic to everything. 

Since everyone encounters different problems in life, reading a book with your children allows you and them to learn the best lessons in one place. Not only do they get to spend time with you, but you are all learning life lessons that you can share with others. Some children keep their struggles to themselves and learning to discuss everything together will help ease their worries. To start your new bonding today, get a copy of this book! Make the most out of your quality time with its lessons and value. 

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More About The Author

Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall-award winning picture book “When Aidan Became A Brother,” by Kaylani Juanita. His debut was “A Storytelling of Ravens,” illustrated by Natalie Nelson, which came out in 2018.

Kyle was born outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1984, and moved to Lynnwood, Washington in 1989. He moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Barnard College and became the librarian at the Corlears School in 2012. After eight years of school librarianship, he transitioned to writing full-time.

Kyle served two terms on the Stonewall Book Awards committee and was a 2020 Kirkus Prize judge. He transitioned in 2007, and much of his professional work revolves around transgender representation in books for youth.

Reviews

Everyone thought Aidan was a girl when he was born, but Aidan knows that “he was really another kind of boy.” #OwnVoices author Lukoff writes with sensitivity and candor as Aidan takes his first steps toward claiming his identity. Juanita illustrates with fine ink outlines and loose patterns, filling Aidan’s revamped bedroom with cozy fabrics, and populating a family baby shower with balloons that spell out an inclusive, triumphant sign: “it’s a baby.” The creators’ exploration of one transgender child’s experience emphasizes the importance of learning “how to love someone for exactly who they are.” –Starred review, Publishers Weekly

A trans man himself, Lukoff writes with authority and a loving spirit. Juanita’s cheerful digital illustrations are a nicely harmonious match with the text, expanding it in meaningful ways. Together, the text and pictures create a heartfelt celebration of love that will be an ideal selection for trans children and for any who are expecting a new sibling. –Starred review, Booklist

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20Sep2022

Self-confidence plays a vital role in our lives. Having confidence that we can do anything with our abilities encourages us to do well, regardless of the challenge. With confidence, everything seems possible and worth trying. Our health and well-being increases with confidence. A healthy level of self-confidence leads everyone to see the positive and contributes to a  successful life.

I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids

Far too often we struggle with our confidence. Sometimes, people see themselves as someone who is not capable of doing certain things because they are hard. While it is understandable to experience doubt when facing a challenge, getting to know yourself is one of the keys to success. When you start to open yourself to see the good things in you, you will see how far you can go, much farther than you originally thought. Both adults and kids may struggle to search for confidence. It is why teaching and encouraging our children to discover their strengths and think positively is helpful. Fortunately, the exceptional author Gabi Garcia delivers another encouraging book to assist us,  entitled I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations For Kids. 

In this book, parents and kids can learn different affirmations focused on building self-confidence and courage. This book introduces children to the practice of using mindful affirmations for encouragement when needed. The beautiful diversity in the world reflected in the story is a powerful eye-opener for everyone who reads it. 

The Mindful Affirmations Children Can Gain From This Book

Just like adults, children face different internal battles every day that some parents may not be aware of. One of these battles can be with their self-confidence.  Despite their youth, it is important for children to learn that although life may be challenging, they can still accomplish things with their abilities. Having self-confidence can lead them to many opportunities and learnings in life. Here is what  kids can learn from the book I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations For Kids. 

Kids will learn to listen to their inner voice.

All kids have inner voices, and the messages kids tell themselves matter. By learning how to listen to their inner voices with this book, children can begin to connect with themselves. It is helpful for every child to touch their inner power and resilience to conquer and face different challenges.

Kids will learn that they are capable of doing hard things too.

As kids begin to listen to themselves, they will realize that even though things are hard, they have the capability, power, and strength to take action in the best way they can. This resilience is a powerful quality that a child can nurture as they grow. 

Kids will be encouraged to keep on learning and do great things.

As a result of the different experiences presented in the story, kids will be encouraged to keep on learning. In addition, children can learn how to speak up, take action, and manage their emotions. 

Along with the creative illustrations that illuminate the story and its helpful message, this book is sure to encourage every child who sometimes doubts themselves, their worth, and their abilities. Grab a copy of this book and share with your kids that they can also do hard things. 

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More About the Author

Gabi Garcia is a mama, licensed professional counselor, and picture book author. She spent the last 20 years serving children K-12 as a teacher and school counselor.

Gabi writes books that support parents, educators, and caregivers in nurturing mindful, socially, and emotionally aware children.

Her books include Listening to My Body: A Guide to Helping Kids Understand the Connection Between Their Feelings and Sensations and Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion and Mateo Finds His Wow: A story of Wonder and Gratitude.

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9Sep2022

It is fulfilling to see young children full of joy doing what they love and being their true selves. From small things to their biggest dreams, loving parents always aim to be supportive, but sometimes they get stuck in their own personal aspirations for their children. The parents who are open to understanding and helping their kids develop into the person they want to become are incredibly admirable. Not all parents see things the same way as their children and sometimes they worry about society’s expectations, their culture’s judgments, or possible religious retribution. While this is understandable in some cases, having an open mind and heart-filled conversations with kids, like the book The Boy & The Bindi, can be a way of understanding. 

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The Boy & the Bindi by Vivek Shraya

Some children see themselves as different from the gender they are born with and would love to express their gender in a new and diverse way. These scenarios may be just fine for some parents, but  may be challenging for others. Gender expression is just one reason why having open and accepting conversations between parents and kids is so important. As young kids learn how to talk about these issues with the people they trust, they will learn how to be true to themselves and handle situations that may not be in alignment with their society, culture, or religion. Big thanks to the author Vivek Shraya for bringing the same message into her picture book entitled, The Boy & the Bindi.

Best Realizations From the Boy & the Bindi Book

The Boy & The Bindi

In the story of The Boy & The Bindi, there is a young boy who is interested in wearing his mother’s bindi that is traditionally worn by Hindu girls and women. While this may seem uncommon to some, the mother didn’t punish her son. She agrees to do what her son wants and allows him to discover the magic of a bindi. 

As adults with knowledge and experience, we have many duties and responsibilities to fulfill in order to help children develop their skills, characteristics, and dreams. To help them achieve their dreams, we must support, listen and talk to them. These important conversations can help children cultivate critical thinking skills and feel valued and understood no matter what gender path they align with. In the book The Boy & The Bindi, both children and adults can learn lessons to strengthen their connection. Here is just some of the wisdom you can gain from this wonderful book:

Understand the importance of discussing gender identity between child and parents.  

In regards to gender identity, as well as most issues important to our children, it is important to listen and talk with them without judgment. Just as the mother of the boy did when she discovered that her son wanted to wear a bindi. With open discussion, children will feel safe sharing with you what they are discovering about themselves and their gender. 

Children will learn how to express themselves.

Seeing how the young boy gathered the courage to tell his mother what he wanted in The Boy & The Bindi, other children may find the courage to speak their truths.. While it may not be easy, children will learn the process and how to start expressing themselves with this book as an example. This book itself opens up a great opportunity for parents to dialogue with their children. 

Children will learn that their dreams are valid.

Regardless of their gender identity, the dreams of young children are valid. Whether or not they feel different from the gender norm, children have always had the right to reach for what they think can help them grow as a person. As long as they are not hurting other people and just being true to themselves, children can prosper, grow, and develop into the best version they can be. 

To sum it up, ensuring good conversation and communication within the family can make all the difference. It may be hard or challenging at times, but it is always beneficial. Start a conversation with your kid today with this book, The Boy & The Bindi. 

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More About The Author

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, and film. Her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was included in CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2017, and her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award. Her latest book is I’m Afraid of Men. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books.

A Polaris Music Prize nominee and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from The Writers’ Trust of Canada and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is currently a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Reviews

“The easy rhyming and vivid colors make this an unforgettable look into Hindu culture.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Suitable as a gentle introduction to Hindu culture, this simple reflection will complement multicultural collections. The beautiful and detailed illustrations, such as those of Ammi’s traditional dress and jewelry, provide additional cultural context.” ―Booklist

“Shraya’s story defines and affirms important values of Hindu culture — and nudges gender norms, as well.”―Publishers Weekly

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11Aug2022

Leaving one homeland to come to another is a key theme in literature.  Indeed, due to ever-shifting politics, more and more people every day leave their countries to seek safety and hope for a better life. Immigrant stories have affected the lives of many, particularly kids. When children resettle young, they may lose a sense of their identity and the culture of their homelands. Often, children may miss or forget what their life was like before they immigrated. Entire parts of their lives may only remain a distant memory. In this way, vital aspects of heritage, places, and people become lost and forgotten.

While it may feel sad, there are still ways to reminisce about the comforts of the past with the help of family, relatives, and friends. Parents can help keep alive memories of when they are little. You can share happy stories and pictures about places you went together, activities you did, and other unique memories as parhe barely remembers the place she came from and the memories she got there. In Junot Diaz’s book Island Born, the character of Lola was just a baby when her family immigrated. As a result, her family and friends helped her journey back to their Island.

The book Island Born is a story of a little girl who immigrated with her family. At first, Lola did not feel excited when her teacher asked her to draw her homeland. But through the stories of her family, she was able to relive the memories. That is when she started to envision their Island and the good stories behind it. 

Reasons Why the Island Born Is a Good Book Investment for Kids

Island Born

Discover the reasons why the book Island Born is a good investment for kids below. 

It will encourage children to find ways to answer different puzzles in life. 

In life, there are many challenges each one of us may encounter. For kids, even the tiny puzzles turn big. Teaching them how the little girl finds a way to discover more about her previous Island is a great encouragement for children to do the same in their own lives. Each of our connections to our culture is important. It helps us remember where we came from and helps us have compassion for others and their unique cultures. 

It will help children to understand their roots. 

Sometimes people fail to look back on their roots. Whether intentional or not, recognizing your roots is vital to getting to know yourself and the people around you better. The little girl in the story  is a great example of someone who tries her best to understand her roots. In this way, children will learn the importance of connecting to their own culture.

It will help children realize the same – Just because you do not remember a place does not mean it is not in you.

Since the little girl left the Island before she could remember things, she barely knows about the place. Unlike the other kids, she doesn’t feel excited when their teacher gives them an activity that involves sharing about her roots. But as soon as she rediscovers the history of her Island, she realizes that the place also lives in her heart, and it is just that she can not remember it.

There might be different reasons behind every immigration story, but both adults and kids will learn from various challenges and opportunities it brings. Join your kids in learning these best takeaways from the book Island Born today! 

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Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. Leo’s illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3×3, and the Society of Illustrators. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Reviews

“With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that’s chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Díaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging—a superb picture book outing for Díaz and one to be shared broadly in a variety of settings.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“This important title will be enjoyed by young children and may spark many significant discussions.” –Booklist, starred review

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11Jul2022

Every person is born with their own characteristics, appearances, religion, beliefs, and personalities. These differences are noticeable and make everyone unique from one another. However, in some cases, these distinctions can cause divisions between people, countries, and cultures. Seeing other people that are different from them can sometimes cause confusion and uncertainty. To help children understand life’s beautiful diversity, it is vital to teach them how to see the goodness and purpose in differences.

Unfortunately, some young kids struggle to express their feelings and share problems, fearing rejection and invalidation. To prevent this, parents can help young children in developing their emotional expression. As children start to ask questions, parents should listen non-judgmentally, explain, and help kids understand that their differences make them unique in their own way. It is important to let children feel that it is okay to have a problem, be different, and talk about their feelings. Todd Parr’s book It’s Okay To Be Different teaches this very concept in an adorable and heart-warming way.

The book discusses differences, the importance of acceptance, understanding, and confidence. It’s pictures and concepts open a gateway for kids to learn to speak about their problems and feelings.

The Best Gains About Diversity From The Book – It’s Okay To Be Different

Teaching kids today about diversity is a vital step in helping them to develop kindness for other people. It’s Okay To Be Different is a great stepping stone to inspire kids to celebrate themselves with acceptance and confidence. Find out the benefits of reading this book for both adults and children below:

Kids will learn to understand the meaning of diversity. 

Through this book, kids will learn to see our diverse world through new eyes. They will also become familiar with the words similar and different, and understand how to show kindness to other people.

Kids will learn to discuss their feelings and problems.

Just like adults, kids also experience different problems that parents may not realize. Seeing how the characters in the book express their feelings and difficulties can also encourage kids to do the same. 

Kids will learn to accept themselves and other people. 

Being different sometimes discourages children from expressing themselves. By learning how to accept and understand themselves children will start to appreciate their individuality and that of others. Todd Parr’s humorous story helps kids develop more self-confidence to fully express their feelings and do what they love to do. 

Rith the proper guidance, help, and support from parents, kids can grow and develop their personalities. With love and understanding, children can become kind, confident, loving, and caring for themselves and others. Nothing is more fulfilling than seeing kids grow into the best versions of themselves that they can be. Join your kids in developing their literacy, emotional feelings, and self-esteem, and celebrate diversity by checking out this book today!

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More About The Author

Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including Be Who You Are, The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It’s Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Reviews

“Reading this book aloud to little ones, and discussing the pictures and concepts is a great way to start kids on a lifetime of openly discussing feelings and problems. This book has wonderful, feel-good, positive messages of acceptance and confidence that promote understanding and are fun to read for kids and the adults who love them.”

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“The book unites the concept of tolerance of differences with simple images for easy understanding and comprehension. It’s Okay to be Different encourages readers to accept themselves and others.”―Children’s Literature

“[Parr] wisely doesn’t zero in on specifics, which would force him to establish what’s ‘normal.’ Instead, he focuses on acceptance and individuality and encourages readers to do the same.”―Publisher’s Weekly

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11Jul2022

Diversity within families comes in many forms. For instance, children may be raised by a sibling, a family friend, a foster parent, someone whose race is different from them, or an LGBTQ+ couple or neighbor. Young children may live in diverse family structures and cultures. In contemporary society, the term family signifies much diversity. It may mean different things to different people, depending on their family experience.

The educational environments of children are vital to children’s understanding of diversity and differences. The concept of diversity includes respect and acceptance. It means recognizing that everyone is unique and understanding our differences.

Diversity
One Family by George Shannon

The book One Family is more than the typical counting book. It teaches that many things can be in one group, and it rejoices in a mix of families, too. One may refer to a single item, or it could mean a collection of things. It shows examples of what makes a pair of shoes, a flock of birds, a bunch of keys, and so on. Moreover, illustrations make these concepts easy to comprehend. One Family shows a multicultural variety of families of different ages, all enjoying one another. This book is an excellent choice for families searching for books with diverse characters.

The Important Lessons About Diversity to Learn with This Book

Diversity

Our families are the first people ever to step foot in our lives. They teach us how to love without limits. The idea of unconditional love can only be taught through genuine care, example, and acceptance. If children learn how to love the people closest to them without asking anything in return, they will also know how to respect other people with the same limitless love every day. Here are some of the valuable lessons in this book:

Embracing diversity makes a person open-minded.

Diversity is important because the world we live in increasingly consists of various racial, cultural, and ethnic groups. Learning about other cultures, beliefs, or sexual preference helps us understand different perspectives. Knowledge of different perspectives helps children reject negative stereotypes and biases about different groups.

Respecting differences in others opens doors to more opportunities.

Teaching children to respect both similarities and differences leads to many opportunities. They will discover new things and make wise decisions, which will help them grow and improve their self-confidence. Others notice this openness, which can lead to exciting opportunities and new friends. Also, we become more interesting because of our more comprehensive worldview.

Diversity adds color to life.

Embracing diversity means that instead of viewing differences as something negative, they are seen as strengths, adding more color and flavor to life. Young ones learn that differences among groups exist and can be enjoyed and respected, rather than disliked and feared. 

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More About the Author

George Shannon is a teacher, librarian, writer, and storyteller, and he has been sharing stories with children around the world for many years. His numerous books include Lizard’s Song, Climbing Kansas Mountains, Tippy-Toe Chick Go, and The Secret Chicken Club.

He has won awards such as the ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice for Tomorrow’s Alphabet, the Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book for Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, the Washington State Book Award for outstanding picture book, and he was named Island Treasure for 2012 by the Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council.

When not busy writing books, Shannon finds himself teaching creative writing to children around the world, or attending workshops that take him to schools from the Arctic Circle to Jakarta.

Reviews

“The breadth of diversity on display is refreshing: families include multigenerational homes, interracial marriage, neighboring households, children who identically resemble their parents and those who don’t.” ―Booklist

“Round-faced, rosy-cheeked characters representing a broad array of races, cultures, and familial make-up populate this loving concept book about the multitudes contained in the number one: “One is five. One bunch of bananas. One hand of cards. One family. In Shannon’s simple, lyrical text, well-chosen, child-accessible details suggest larger concepts of unity and collectivity, differences and commonalities, while still bolstering the fundamentals of enumeration.” ―Horn Book

“The text is focused and precise, and the examples are often friendly (“One pile of pups”) and sometimes rhyming (“One house of bears. One bowl of pears”), making for a cozy read-aloud that trips agreeably off the tongue. There’s an entertaining seek-and-find element to the cited objects, perfect for sharp young eyes, and a closing spread identifies all the countable objects spread by spread. Complicate your counting curricula in the nicest possible way with this.” ―BCCB

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3Jun2021

Red is a rainbow color.

Green sits next to blue.

Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,

They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .

And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.

  • Angela Joy


The color black outlines our lives–from the wheels on a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall’s back. Without the color black, there would be no definition, no boundaries from one object to the next.  Black is also the color of night, of shadow, of ink and ash.  Also, when used to refer to a person, or people, “Black” people also refers to the uniquely African American culture and heritage.

“Black Is a Rainbow Color” is a dazzling story by debut author Angela Joy. It is strikingly illustrated by Ekua Holmes, a Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner. Holmes’ illustrations use powerful lines and solid colors with subtle touches of collage detail, creating an effect reminiscent of stained glass. This adds an almost spiritual element to the celebration of blackness.For those trying to uplift and empower youth, this book is a treasure chest of optimism, resilience, and pride.

Lessons We Can Get From The Book Black Is a Rainbow Color

It teaches children about acceptance and self-affirmation.

This book dwells in the past injustice to a community and its underlying trauma. It is a lively and touching picture book of culture and art and a people’s beauty and courage.

Black may not be in the rainbow, but it is a rainbow of shades, experiences, and life.

Angela Joy brings the reader on a journey to learn about how the black color may not be in the rainbow we always talk about (ROYGBIV), but it is a color in our lives. The dirt is black. In the snow, a feather is black. The tires on the bike are black. 

The author also tackles Thurgood Marshall’s history of Blackness to the “power of pain movement,” which is about making the world safe and palatable for children of all ethnicities.

The book focuses on black beauty and strength

With all the negativity in our world, this book brings unity to all of us – regardless of our color. It emphasizes the importance of loving yourself and presents beautiful, loving, and strong Black individuals. Black children can now draw pride from their black identity, and their classmates can also consider their own identities. A positive idea about yourself is a wonderful place to begin understanding your unique identity.

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More About The Author:

Angela Joy was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, she attended New York University and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia―where her heart will forever reside. Angela traveled abroad extensively as a background vocalist, also working in television and movie soundtracks. She currently lives in southern California with her husband and two children, writing from a small hallway desk where the walls are painted a royal shade of purple. Black Is A Rainbow Color is her first book.

Ekua Holmes is a native of Roxbury, MA and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award, a Brother Thomas Fellowship, and a 5-year appointment to the Boston Art Commission. Her picture book illustrations include the Caldecott Honor book Voice of Freedom and the Coretta Scott King Award winners Out of Wonder and The Stuff of Stars. Holmes serves as Assistant Director of MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and manages sparc! the ArtMobile, the institution’s vehicle for community outreach.

Reviews:

“Joy’s words and Holmes’s art are a perfect pairing where the verse is as vivid as the paints and collage. Children (and parents) of all colors will be rereading this one plenty.” ―Washington Post, “Best Books of 2020”

“Both a beautiful celebration of black culture and an excellent first black history book for young children.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A treasure trove of positivity, strength, and pride for anyone seeking to uplift and educate young people.” ―Horn Book, starred review

“A beautifully told and illustrated celebration of African American people and ethnology, Black Is a Rainbow Color thoughtfully explores what the Black experience means to a child . . . A must-have for children’s collections.” ―Booklist, starred review

“With Black Is a Rainbow Color, debut author Angela Joy pens a loving tribute to all the ways black is beautiful. Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ekua Holmes’s brilliant collage illustrations elevate the text’s themes of resilience and strength.” ―Shelf Awareness

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