I think that teaching children to recognise and celebrate uniqueness and individuality is so important to their social and emotional development, and let’s face it – we all feel different from our friends and even family at some stage! This collection of books are all about celebrating being who you are and what makes you special, I think it might just be one of my favourite booklists ever!
Froggy Green by Anna Walker
A fabulous first book for talking about differences with toddlers and preschoolers, Froggy Green was on high rotation with both of my children when they were small. If you can’t source a new copy, definitely ask at your local library.
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Whatever your shape, size, colour, family makeup, likes or dislikes, in classic Todd Parr style we are reminded that it’s perfectly okay to be uniquely you!
Being Agatha by Anna Pignataro
Agatha never really feels like she fits in and when her teacher asks everyone to say why they are special, Agatha feels nervous and hides. When her classmates find her and share their own thoughts about what makes Agatha special, she realises being different might not be so terrible after all.
Me and You by Genevieve Cote
What happens when pig and bunny decide to switch selves (with the help of a little paint and a few props)? A lovely book about friendship and individuality, reassuring readers that they are special and loved most for being themselves.
What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan
Being different is what makes each of us special, and the children of What I Like About Me! all celebrate their individual uniqueness, with a prompt for children to think about (and share) what makes them special too.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
A gorgeous story about learning to love what is uniquely yours, in this case an unusual name, even in the face of teasing by other school students.
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun: Having The Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy
A fabulous story about differences, standing up for yourself and being proud of who you are.
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes! A great book about the potential effects of peer pressure.
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
All around the world children are laughing, playing and living,though their lives may be quite different, inside they are all alike and in this book both similarities and differences are recognised and celebrated.
Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French
Josephine loves to dance but everyone tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop! But on the day of the ballet recital Josephine may just have a chance to follow her dreams.
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