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A guide to finding inclusive children's books with recommendations.
Inclusive Picture Books

Curated by Mara Norris. Design by Debbie Hager. A collaboration between the St. Kate's Library and the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, funded in part by the Otte Initiative in Women's Education.

African Descent

Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Trailblazer by Leda Schubert; Theodore Taylor (Illustrator)
Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal; Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o; Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman; Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
I Am Enough by Grace Byers; Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes; Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Rafael López (Illustrator)
Crown by Derrick Barnes; Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown; Jason
Firebird by Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
We March by Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Asian Descent

Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki; Stéphane Jorisch (Illustrator)
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us by Analiza Quiroz Wolf
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho; Dung Ho (Illustrator)
The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang; Khoa Le (Illustrator)
Drawn Together by Minh Lê; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park; Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
Going Home, Coming Home by Truong Tran; Ann Phong (Illustrator)


And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman; Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
ABC a Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs; Desiree Keane (Illustrator); Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman; Kristyna Litten (Illustrator)
One of a Kind, Like Me / Unico Como Yo by Laurin Mayeno; Robert Liu-Trujillo (Illustrator); Teresa Mlawer (Translator)
My Shadow Is Pink by Stuart Scott


Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
Abuela by Arthur Dorros; Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Islandborn by Junot Díaz; Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez; Fabian Negrin (Illustrator); Andrea Cascardi (Editor)

Mixed Race

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry

Native American

Beaver Steals Fire by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp; George Littlechild (Illustrator)
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac; Jonathan London (Editor); Thomas Locker (Illustrator)
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Religious Identity

Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad; Hatem Aly (Illustrator); S. K. Ali (As told to)
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan; Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrator)
Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir; Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrator)
The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel
Amma Tell Me about Krishna! by Bhakti Mathur
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel; Emily Haynes
Binny's Diwali by Thrity Umrigar; Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler; Jill Weber (Illustrator)
Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel; Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
A Place at the Table  by Saadia Faruqi; Laura Shovan
Buddha at Bedtime by Dharmachari Nagaraja
In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel; Hatem Aly (Illustrator)


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