Books & Beyond

Diverse Board Books:  A Place to Begin

By Lisa T.
July 21, 2020

When should you start talking to your child about race?  Today!  Babies as young as 6 months old notice and categorize people by race.  Ibram X. Kendi, in his new book, Antiracist Baby outlines nine steps to raise an antiracist child.  Number one is, “Open your eyes to all skin colors”. Here is a list of board books that illustrate the beautiful range of skin tones in our world. When you look at books with your baby, talk about what you see, and add skin color to the mix.  If we don’t talk about it, children learn that race is a taboo subject. Let’s do our part to make sure that all kids from birth onward see media that acknowledge difference and celebrate diversity.

We hope you and your child enjoy these board books that feature a diversity of babies!  How do we choose books to share?  We take care in selecting diverse books: we look for books with respectful and authentic depictions, and we seek out books by creators who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. 

You can place holds on specific titles by following the title links. Give us a call or use our book bundle form to request a set of diverse board books.  

Image from Antiracist baby by Ibram X Kendi. Illus. by Ashley Lukashevsky

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X Kendi

Baby Food by Stefanie Paige Wieder

Global Babies: A Global Fund for Children Book

I Love all of Me by Lorie Ann Grover

May We have Enough to Share by Richard Van Camp

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Toesy Toes by Sarah Tsiang

Who? A Celebration of Babies by Robie Harris

Baby Says by John Steptoe

Hey Baby: A Baby’s Day in Doodles by Andrea Pippins

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Whose Toes are Those? By Jabari Asim. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham