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Book Reviews III

After being told by more than a few parents that they wanted to share diverse books with their children but everything they found was historical and depressing, I decided to start this list of books and resources. This list will feature protagonists that do not fall into the seven categories our site primarily serves and primarily are not about historical or social conscience topics. In cases where the subject is historical or a social conscience issue, we make note of the fact and how the book is handling the topic. For a book to make this list, any engagement of history or social conscience issues is handled in a manner appropriate for children under 10. If there is a book review link for such books, we definitely suggest that you read the book review to know how the topic is engaged so you and your little one aren’t surprised.

Of course, many, many, if not most of the books in our dedicated categories are fun so you should check out the whole site!


  • The Boy with Pink Hair by Perez Hilton
  • Many books by author Ezra Jack Keats who was the first author/illustrator to publish books with black and Puerto Rican protagonists that were not about the child’s race or ethnicity. Some are below.
    • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
    • My Dog is Lost by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  • Oprah: The Little Speaker by Carole Bosaton Weatherford
  • Let Freedom Sing by Vanessa Newton
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  • Cover I love my hairI Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley


  • We All Sing with the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene
  • It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
  • Being Friends by Karen Beaumont
  • The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
  • David’s Drawings by Cathryn Falwell
  • We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell
  • Getting There by Marla Steward Konrad
  • cover for One Love Cedella and Bob MarleyOne Love by Cedella and Bob Marley (buy)




  • Multiculturalism Rocks : This is a GREAT website which features multicultural books and thematic posts on writing and literacy with a focus on multicultural choices.

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