We all know how important books are to developing language, curiosity, empathy and imagination. Books transport us to new places and help us understand what a different life path might feel like. Like many of you, I grew up loving books, but I didn’t see myself in one until I was in college. It’s life-changing, when a book finally says, “Anything is possible,” and the message is directed straight at you.
When I had kids, diverse children’s books filled with characters of Asian and Latinx backgrounds like them did not seem to exist. I followed the advice of one of my favorite writers, Toni Morrison, to write the book I wished to see in the world. Readers of multiple backgrounds have told me they see themselves in the pages of “One Hundred Percent Me”. This has been the best feedback, because when we see ourselves in books, we understand our stories matter and our voices can touch lives and make a difference.
Fortunately, books have changed a lot since I, and even my kids, were little, and it’s easier now to find stories that reflect a wide spectrum of experiences and backgrounds. The following #OwnVoices recommendations are a small part of a much longer list of favorites, new and old, that we encourage you to check out!
Here are six children’s books I recommend that showcase a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.
This story is a part of The Motherly Collective contributor network where we showcase the stories, experiences and advice from brands, writers and experts who want to share their perspective with our community. We believe that there is no single story of motherhood, and that every mother’s journey is unique. By amplifying each mother’s experience and offering expert-driven content, we can support, inform and inspire each other on this incredible journey. If you’re interested in contributing to The Motherly Collective please email [email protected]