Picture books are valuable tools not only to teach lessons but to break the ice for parents and teachers to dive in further and get to the heart of the lesson more easily. As my own children knock on adolescence’s door I have been thinking about the core lessons I want my children to take out into the world. The one I have not listed here is of course how deeply and unconditionally they are loved. While books like Where the Wild Things Are and The Most Loved Girl In The World both capture that message so well they leave me in tears, these are the messages I feel less confident teaching and that’s where these books are so helpful!
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Being different is a strength, not a weakness
Every family is unique but their love is the same.
Excluding others, because they aren’t like you is never OK.
Finding ways to make room for everyone makes everyone’s life richer.
Real friends accept who you are on the inside.
Take note of similarities and celebrate differences.
Standing up for others is never easy but it is always important.
Always be open to friendship because it can carry you through tough times.
Sometimes bad things happen but if we stick together we’ll get through it.
The world is a diverse place, that’s what makes it so beautiful.
Diverse Books for Toddlers
What lessons do you want to teach your children and which titles help you do that?