A couple weeks ago, I shared several of the books in Lucy’s library that celebrate diversity, featuring characters of color of all backgrounds. Now that Lucy is 3, we’ve shifted focus away from short + sweet animal-centric books, and our nighttime reading has sparked more genuine conversation and curiosity!
All Colors, Genders + Orientations
We choose to live in Chicago, because a top priority of ours is to ensure that Lucy is surrounded with friends of all colors, gender identities and orientations. We have loved seeing her interest piqued by characters that look like our neighbors and friends with skin and hair different than her own. She engages with these books by identifying her own friends within the pages, as well as noting when someone shares her same light hair, almond eyes and, of course, love of animals!
As requested, these are the books that make up Lucy’s library! We own, love and enjoy books 1-16, and 17-23 are high on our wishlist. We hope you find a few books new to you, and we are always, always looking for suggestions, especially as she’ll eventually move on from these and need ‘big kid’ books. Please share in the comments, if you’d like!
1. Carmela Full of Wishes | 2. Last Stop On Market Street | 3. This Is How We Do It | 4. You Matter | 5. I Just Want to Say Goodnight | 6. Eyes that Kiss in the Corners | 7. The King of Kindergarten | 8. The Snowy Day | 9. The Proudest Blue | 10. The World In a Second | 11. We’re Different, We’re the Same | 12. Love | 13. Little Legends Alphabet | 14. Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History | 15. Julián is a Mermaid | 16. I Am Enough | 17. Just Ask | 18. Jerome by Heart | 19. Ambitious Girl | 20. My Magical Choices | 21. Jabari Jumps | 22. Champ and Major: First Dogs | 23. Love Makes a Family
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