The Best Kids Books Of 2018 To Help You Not Raise A Jerk

For the kid who still takes naps, but you want to stay woke.
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With everything going on in the world, parents have to make a lot of decisions about how they teach their kids about other cultures. Raising tolerant and accepting children is a complicated task, but a vital part of it is teaching kids to appreciate the differences among us all, and exposing them to it all at an early age.

If you’re not sure how to approach certain subjects like diversity, feminism, immigration and special needs, books can provide many teachable moments about the world they live in. Stories expose us to different places, people and lifestyles in a comfortable and entertaining way. They also allow children to put themselves in the character’s shoes and learn to empathize with people who are different.

Whether it’s representation for minorities or strong female leads, learning to be an ally for LGBTQ, immigrants, and disabled communities, or embracing body positivity, all of these books can teach your child about acceptance of themselves and respect for others.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite children’s books that promote acceptance and tolerance — but remember, these books are just a start on the path to raising a kid who’s not a jerk.

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1. Children’s Books With Diverse Representation

Mixed Me! By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Representation

2. Children’s Books About Immigration

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Immigration

3. Children’s Books About Feminism

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Feminism

4. Children’s Books With LGBTQ Representation

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - LGBTQ

5. Children’s Books About Disabilities And Special Needs

All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph, Danielle Royer, and Jennifer Zivoin

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Disabilities/Special Needs

6. Children’s Books About Body Positivity

Brontorina by James Howe and Randy Cecil

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Body Positivity

7. Children’s Books About Embracing All Differences

Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley and Peter J. Thornton

Books To Help You Raise An Accepting Child - Embracing All Differences

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