How can we teach young children about inclusion? Modeling inclusive and welcoming behavior is always a good start, but picture books about inclusivity can really help give a visual perspective on how there is room for everyone. Especially books like The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and her young daughter, Juniper Bates.
Have you read this one yet? It’s so simple that even toddlers or young preschoolers can enjoy it, and is a great discussion starter when read with older children. Click the image below for a video of this one being read.
Want another picture book about inclusivity and emotions? Big Boys Cry by Jonty Howley is a fantastic choice for all ages as it is engaging and illustrates the idea that everyone cries for all different reasons. It also has a sweet message that adults aren’t always right, and that’s okay too. Click the image below to watch a video of this charming book:
Though I always want to model kind and inclusive behaviors in my classrooms and my homes, I also love to use books to reinforce or introduce lessons and discussions. Reading books more than once is also helpful to keep these ideas fresh in all of our minds and hearts. Stay tuned for more picture books about inclusivity and emotions for young children! Which books are your favorites?