Diverse Books for Christmas
During Christmas I love to give books to the young people in my life. Books are relatively inexpensive and open new worlds for kids to explore.
One of my fondest memories as a parent was the year that I didn’t have a lot of money for gifts. My son and I made books for our family. We took white construction paper. He narrated a story that I then wrote on the paper and he drew pictures. We made three holes along the edge of the folded pages and tied it with ribbon. It was a low-cost option that was one of the most memorable gifts we’ve ever given. On Christmas Day my family went around and read the stories. It felt so personal and gave my parents and siblings a chance to know my son’s wild, crazy, funny imagination.
I have been reading a lot of children’s books this year and compiled a list of diverse books for kids of all ages.
Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash by Monica Brown
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Lola Levine is Not Mean (the whole series is great) by Monica Brown
Lulu and the Hamster in the Night by Hilary McKay
Izzy Barr, Running Star by Claudia Mills
Battle Bugs: The Lizard War by Jack Patton
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz