I got to thinking about Baby Beez’ library. Most of her books fall into two categories: books with animals/cartoon characters/muppets as the main character, or books about Judaism (we are PJ Library subscribers and my mom is also absurdly enthusiastic about sending books about Judiasm). Her library isn’t filled with representations of white kids because it just does not have a whole lot of representations of kids to begin with. I was pleased to realize, though, that one of her favorite bedtime books, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (which we call “the baby book” in our house), is incredibly diverse. I think it’s also sweet when she points out kids from her daycare class in the characters of the book, and it’s neat to watch how her match-ups do not always align with race or appearance.
Do you seek out representations of diversity in your child’s library? What are some of your favorite childrens’ stories with messages of inclusion?