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6 childrens' books that celebrate family diversity

Challenging the norms, one book at a time.

By Tenielle Stoltenkamp
For two years I spent my Fridays with an incredible young girl who I met through The Pyjama Foundation - an organisation that pairs children in foster care with volunteers to read and learn together.
Whenever I searched for new books for her I was struck by the number of children's books that depicted one-dimensional, traditional families.
I'm surrounded by close friends and family with young children who don't look like that. They're multi-cultural families or families with third culture kids, they're adopted or blended families, same-sex or single parents, carers...that's the reality of the incredible tapestry of the world we live in.
Their homes are filled with as much love as any other home and my aim for this book is that every child can see their own family on these pages and know that - even though their family may look or do things differently - they have a place where they belong.

Why are books about diversity so important right now

Kids live 'difference' every day. They're naturally curious and will have questions about the world around them. How we, as adults, respond to these questions can shape their view on diversity.
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Australian author, Tenielle Stoltenkamp has released a brand new children's book, My Family Doesn't Look Like Your Family Image: Supplied.
Books about diversity help establish that difference isn't a negative.
Diversity adds colour and uniqueness to our lives and our society and is something we should all embrace and celebrate.
When we talk about the things that make us unique, we identify commonalities across cultures, race, ability, or religion - which enables us to shift our conversations about diversity to the things that unite us, rather than divide us.
You'll find some great children's books which challenge the norms in the gallery below ...

6 books that celebrate diverse families

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