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I am on a quest to find good children's books that depict children of different races (without a discussion on race or "differentness"). Any suggestions? Any favorites? Please share. Thank you.
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We have:

All the Colors of the Earth

and

Hello World!

both of which I recommend for their artwork. _All the Colors of the Earth_ does have a diversity message, but it is well handled with non-editorial description and not overt 'differentness' IMO. Hello World is purely artwork and 'Hello' in 42 different languages.
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Several wonderful picture books that happen to have diverse illustrations:

The Paper Princess and The Paper Princess Finds Her Way, Elisa Kleven -- the highly detailed collage illustrations show cities full of kids and families of all description behind the princess' adventures. They're gorgeous.
Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy, Don Freeman
More, More, More Said the Baby (can't recommend this one highly enough for toddlers), Vera B. Williams
Anything by Jack Ezra Keats

For slightly older kids, the Horrible Harry series has a classroom full of ethnically diverse kids, and so do the Grace books by Mary Hoffman -- some of hers are easy chapter, and others are picture books. Even the kids in Junie B. Jones are diverse!
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You might want to edit your title to say "Many" instead of May because I thought you were looking for some kind of spring activity book.

Anyway. This book depicts children of various races. We have the square version but the text and pictures are the same:

http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-Sun...9765260&sr=1-1

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Oh that's a nice one! I love Tomie DePaola.

The last page of Brown Bear, Brown Bear shows a group of diverse children.
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Everywhere Babies also has illustrations to represent ethnic diversity and also family diversity, without discussion or comment.
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I like People by Peter Spier

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You might want to edit your title to say "Many" instead of May because I thought you were looking for some kind of spring activity book.

Anyway. This book depicts children of various races. We have the square version but the text and pictures are the same:

http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-Sun...9765260&sr=1-1
"I Love You Sun" is exactly the type of book I want!

Thalia, thank you also for your great suggestions (I am previewing those books on Amazon.)
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We love the "Everywhere Babies" and "More more more, said the baby" as well.

If you're looking for a variety of ethnicities across your library (as opposed to in the same book), we LOVE the Taro Gomi books, "My Friends" and "Bus Stops." Likewise "Busy Fingers" and "Busy Toes."
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Helen Oxenbury books. We have "Clap Hands" and "Tickle Tickle".

These are for young kids but ds (2.5) still loves them.
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I love "A Ride on Mother's Back" by Emery Bernhard and Durga Bernhard. It goes through all different countries/races and shows how they like to carry their babies! It shows different slings and wraps and teaches the kids about the different cultures because the parents are always doing something cultural while baby is riding (like walking to market, grinding up grains, walking through the jungle, etc). It's pretty cool and the pictures are SO beautiful.

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the "how do dinosaurs" series has people of different races plus they are fun to read and have the names of the dinosaurs hidden in the pictures

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Helen Oxenbury books. We have "Clap Hands" and "Tickle Tickle".

These are for young kids but ds (2.5) still loves them.
I second that! We've also got "Say Goodnight" and "ALl Fall Down." Those babies are lovely!

Not sure how old you're looking for, but another favourite is Karent Katz' flap book, "Where Is Baby's Belly Button?"
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Everywhere Babies also has illustrations to represent ethnic diversity and also family diversity, without discussion or comment.
This is the one I was going to suggest. We love it! I especially love that they have babies in cloth diapers, babywearing, and best of all, the only babies being fed bottles are being fed them by daddy or gramma or grampa, not momma, she's feeding by the breast.
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Not sure how old you're looking for, but another favourite is Karent Katz' flap book, "Where Is Baby's Belly Button?"
Just thought of that one too! DS has destroyed 2 copies he loves it so much! They have a whole series...
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"Everywhere Babies" has always been and still is our favorite!

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book by Todd Parr, all have different people, different families, different everything.
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I love "A Ride on Mother's Back" by Emery Bernhard and Durga Bernhard. It goes through all different countries/races and shows how they like to carry their babies! It shows different slings and wraps and teaches the kids about the different cultures because the parents are always doing something cultural while baby is riding (like walking to market, grinding up grains, walking through the jungle, etc). It's pretty cool and the pictures are SO beautiful.
I was going to recommend this one, its wonderful!!
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Global Babies is a great little board book with pictures of babies from all over.
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We recommend Abiyoyo and and Abiyoyo returns by Pete Seeger.
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I have a board book called Smile there is another called Splash, they are real photographs of babies of all different races, the first book is playing and I think different emotions? the second is bathtime

If I was home I would totally dig in my son's book box. I know there's a set of board books he's got a couple of that are drawings and all of them are Af/Am toddlers & family.

He's got another one from a series (I know it is a series because we've gotten others from the library) board books again, for young babies/toddlers that are photographs of babies of all different races. The one we have is called Baby's Morning or something close to that, the other one I know was about babies playing....can't remember a title, sorry!

If your library's anything like ours, there may be bins of baby board books you can go look through and check some out.

If you're looking older, DS got a book a couple months ago in the mail from that united way thing called Luke Goes to Bat. It's a kids' picture type book but I'd say it's probably more appropriate for maybe a kindergartener that has some idea of what goes on in a baseball game. It's an Af/Am neighborhood, about a little boy who wants to play baseball but his older brother and friends won't let him on the team. Then one day they're finally short a player, they let him play and he strikes out. He gets to go to a real ball game and at the end, he meets his favorite player Jackie Robinson (obviously set awhile back) who tells him he can't give up and on the last page he is trying again. oh and in the ball game they are in like the 14th inning and JR strikes out twice but then hits a home run. (that's the kind of detail that makes me say it's really more an older kids' book, my son has no clue what it means to strike out or anything like that, he is 3 he's never played the game and doesn't watch it LOL)


and I wanted to say THANKS For the everywhere babies! I've been looking for something like that to read to the kids as I am pregnant again. I reserved it at the library just now! I've gone psycho on their book collection too. I gave away one book DD got because the entire story was baby's bedtime and then the baby is sleeping alone in the crib. LOL but really how can DD relate to that when she's slept her entire life curled up next to her 'boo' at night?
And I despaired when I was preggo with her trying to find things to read to DS that didn't have pics of babies with bottles at the very least. The best I found then was Dr. Sears and Mr. Rogers which at least showed both. The others I found all depicted bottles as a necessity of babyhood. Sigh.

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here's a great site with a nice variety of books: http://www.dollslikeme.com/store/c/6...howall=1&sort=
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Peek A Little Boo http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/...ittle+boo%2527 was one that we recently read. It goes through the alphabet with a little rhyme for each letter. We thought it was lovely. At the end of book it has a list of the names used throughout the book, with their meanings and where they are from. My three girls enjoyed the illustrations of the many babies.

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A lot of Robert Munch's books have diverse kid characters ... not only because he's so cool, but because his family is diverse.
He's best known for "Love You Forever" but I like all of his books. His books are generally for toddlers and up ...

Check out:

David's Father
Moira's Birthday
Something Good
Where is Gah-Ning?
Purple, Green & Yellow
Show & Tell

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Global Babies is a great little board book with pictures of babies from all over.
I just got that last week - I loved that about a third of the babies are in carriers.
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Whoever You Are by Mem Fox was a gift to us on our 3yo's b-day. Perfect and the wonderful lul that Mem Fox is great at...

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Didn't read all responses, but Todd Parr books give you an array of differences. The illustrations are fun and it's a fun way to show that everyone is different and that makes everyone special. We LOVE our Todd Parr! Especially the family book which shows Mom/dad, mom/mom, dad/dad, single mom, single dad, blended, adopted, pets, etc.
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Another recommendation for Todd Parr. Love love love his Family book.
I also recommend Best Best Colors, cuz it is also a queer family book with many different kids of colour.
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Karma Wilson's "Babycakes" has kids of different races. IIRC they're all boys, though. Another book we have is called "Look at Me", which is all about body parts. The babies and toddlers in that are pretty diverse.
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We loved Peek A Boo You! by Roberta Intrater
http://www.amazon.com/Peek-Boo-Rober.../dp/0439339618

Its a simple lift the flap book, but has pictures of real babies of all races peek a boo-ing behind a lollipop, balloon, kite etc. They are making cute and silly faces. DD looooves it.

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