It is never too early to ensure that young children have access to a wide range of diverse books — both mirror books that reflect their experiences and window books that introduce them to other people's experiences.
Here are some recommended booklists and ideas on using these books for educators and families of young children.
For more information on supporting young multilingual learners and their home languages, see the following:
- Family Literacy Tips for Babies, Toddlers and Preschool in Multiple Languages
- ELL Resources for Preschool and Kindergarten
- The Importance of Home Language: Tip Sheets in Multiple Languages (Head Start)
- Early Literacy Strategies for Librarians in Diverse Communities by Dr. Karen Nemeth
Colorín Colorado Booklists
Colorín Colorado has compiled dozens of booklists for young children by theme to make it easy to include diverse books across multiple topics and units, including concept books (letters, numbers, shapes, opposites, etc.), books about nature and science, books about holidays, and bilingual books.
Additional tips and recommended booklists are available below:
- Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom in Early Childhood Settings (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
- Celebrate Diversity: Booklists for Young Children (PBS)
- 9 Picture Books for Preschoolers That Celebrate Diversity (Edutopia)
- Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for Preschool (Lee and Low)
- The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Books (Here Wee Read)
- Books About Racism and Social Justice for Preschoolers (Common Sense Media)