Multicultural Children’s Books – Babies & Toddlers
Multicultural Children’s Books for ages 0 to 3, featuring children and families of diverse ethnicities
Every baby LOVES to look at photos of other babies! The Global Babies series features colourful photos of adorable babies from across the world. Global Baby Girls puts baby girls in the spotlight, celebrating their strength, diversity, and potential. Global Baby Boys features beautiful photographs of little boys of diverse etyhnicities.
“Spoon potatoes in a mound, plopping green peas all around. Plunk spoon and cup atop the plate, daddy reaches out—too late!”All Fall Down puts a fresh spin on a familiar rhyme by celebrating the lightly destructive fun of building things up and then sending them flying. Pat-a-Cake is a sweet take on the old nursery rhyme asking, if you can pat a cake, then why not a peach, a pickle or a fuzzy caterpillar? Vibrant illustrations bring the singsong text to life in thesecolourful board books.
Another series featuring photos of expressive multicultural baby faces. Have some fun splashing about with the adorable babies in Splash!, share a smile with the cutie pies in Smile! or play a game of peek-a-boo with the little ones in Peek-A-Boo! ! Striking photos and simple rhyming text will make this series a firm favourite.
“There was one little baby who was born far away. And another who was born on the very next day. And both of these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” Born in the hills or in a town, in a tent or on the ice, the bunch of multicultural babies in Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes all have one thing in common—adorable fingers and toes. In Clap Hands the cute chubby babies clap their hands, wave, dance and bang an upside down pot. Say Goodnight is a short and sweet bedtime story featuring a diverse bunch of sleepy babies. Tickle Tickle follows the babies from playing in the mud to bathing and getting a good tickle before bedtime.The pleasing rhyming text coupled with soft, rounded watercolour illustrations make these books very appealing to babies and toddlers.
by Susan Meyers
My daughter simply adores Everywhere Babies – so much to look at!! Babies of all sizes and colours spill over the pages of this beautiful book celebrating babies’ busy lives. Little ones will love the irresistible rhyming text and the soft, expressive watercolour illustrations. A must on any list of multicultural children’s books for babies & toddlers!
by Richard Van Camp
“Little you, little wonder/Little wish, gentle thunder/You are life and breath adored/You are us and so much more.” Little You is a warm and tender celebration of babies and parental love.The gently rhyming poetic text is perfectly complemented by the arty collage-style illustrations. Written by a Native American, this gem won the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Picture Books.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
“How do you like to go up in a swing / Up in the air so blue?” Kids everywhere love to swing! This beautiful adaptation of Stevenson’s poem The Swing shows children across the globe swinging in different locations. They glide under cherry blossoms, swing above rows of plants and vegetables or on their bellies like superheroes. The magical images and words of this delightful book will have your little one mesmerized.
In case your baby cannot get enough of looking at photos of other babies, the Happy Healthy Baby series is yet another one that features photographs of babies from across the globe. Reach shows babies reaching and interacting with their world, Cuddle depicts the many loving connections that come from touch, Eat features babies enjoying different foods, and Move follows babies on the move exploring their surroundings. With lively rhyming text and vivid black-and-white photos of babies in action, these four books are sure to draw your little one’s attention.
From one tiny baby starting to run to ten sleeping babies tucked into their beds, Ten Tiny Babies follows the activities of a bunch of multiethnic babies throughout the day. From one tiny tickle on a lovely little head to ten twirling tickles on tender tubby toes, Ten Tiny Tickles counts up the number of tickles each family member gives the baby. The rhyming text and counting fun coupled with the bright folk art illustrations makes these books a hit with babies and toddlers.
by Anastasia Seun
Baby Born follows the first year in the life of a newborn, from birth to crawling and teething to first words and first steps, while the watercolour illustrations highlight the seasons of the year. The simple, gentle rhymes are perfect to read aloud.
More More More Said the Baby
by Vera B. Williams
“Here are Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird. Their grownups love them. So will you.” More More More Said the Baby is a sweet tribute to babies and the people who love them. Little Guy and his father are white, Little Pumpkin is African-American with a white grandmother, and Little Bird and her mother are both Asian-American. Vibrant gouache paintings illustrate the love in these multiracial families beautifully.
What I find most striking about these little books are the realistic warm pastel illustrations. Together with the simple rhyming text they celebrate all the things toddlers can do with their Busy Fingers and their Busy Toes – reach, paint, squish, wave, tickle, splash and more!
Look at Me!
by Rachel Fuller
Part of the New Baby series, Look at Me! depicts how the older sibling adjusts to living with the new baby. The simple text and lively illustrations are designed to encourage further dialogue about the new family situation, and all the confusing feelings that come with it.
Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes
by Judy Hindley
A diverse group of adorable toddlers explores the fun ways they can use their bodies, from stomping their feet to tickling their necks, from winking and hugging to stretching their backs. Eyes, Nose, Fingers & Toes is a fun play-along book with jaunty text and playful illustrations that will appeal to babies and toddlers of all ethnicities.
My daughter and I love Todd Parr’s silly and colourful style! The Family Book celebrates the many different types of families, from multicultural families to two-mommy or two-daddy families, from adoptive families to single parent families. It’s OK To Be Different offers reassuring yet light-hearted messages about tolerance and appreciating diversity.
Best-Ever Big Sister
by Karen Katz
In bright folk-art style spreads with lift-flaps, Best-ever Big Sister compares all the things big sister can but baby cannot do yet, like eating with a fork, using the potty or riding a trike. At the end of this sweet book the big sister lovingly reassures the baby that “one day you’ll be big like me”. A great book for toddlers in need of a little ego-boost after the arrival of a new baby!
The Night Parade
by Lily Roscoe
“Have you ever wondered what happens at night / While mothers and fathers lie sleeping? / Children wake up. They climb out of their beds / Some crawling, some running, some leaping. / As the moon shines down they escape into town / To the Night Parade they go sneaking…” Featuring an adorable diverse bunch of toddlers, The Night Parade with its playful verse and colourful illustrations makes for a cheerful and imaginative goodnight read.
More bedtime stories: Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers
Eating the Rainbow
by Star Bright Books
A diverse bunch of adorable babies eats a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. The photos of the multiethnic babies together with the bright colours of the food make Eating the Rainbow an appealing book for the youngest ones.
Waiting for Baby
by Rachel Fuller
Waiting for Baby is an ideal picture book to prepare toddlers for the arrival of a new baby, showing the delights as well as the downfalls of having a younger sibling. There is no text which promotes conversation and gives parents and toddlers the opportunity to tell their own story.
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