Global Council for Tolerance and Peace

Books for Teaching Tolerance & Diversity

Children’s books are great for teaching tolerance and celebrating diversity. It is essential to introduce these values to children from a very young age. Kids need to be prepared and confident when faced with situations of intolerance and discrimination–either toward themselves or toward others around them.

In our multicultural society, it is a certainty that children will hear words of acceptance and tolerance as well as words of hatred and discrimination. The books below can help prepare them by celebrating diversity and teaching tolerance, as well as showing what happens when hatred and discrimination are unleashed in a community.

The Skin You Live In
by Michael Tyler
Preschool – 2nd grade

The Colors of Us
by Karen Katz
Preschool – 2nd grade

Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox
Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Same, Same
But Different
by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Preschool – 3rd grade


Smoky Night
by Eve Bunting
1st grade – 6th grade


It’s Okay to Be Different
by Todd Parr
Preschool – 1st grade

Happy to Be Nappy
by bell hooks
Preschool – 3rd grade


All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka
Preschool – 3rd grade


Let’s Talk About Race
by Julius Lester
Grades 3-6


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