Books That Promote Tolerance and Diversity

Books have a way of sparking empathy, drawing readers into the lives of characters who may be different from themselves -- or different from other characters in the story. Kids and teens walk in others' shoes as these characters -- or real-life kids -- navigate the school bus, deal with bullies, fall in love, face physical or mental challenges, or have fantastical adventures in another time or galaxy. It's a diverse world, and these books reflect the view that we're all in it together. For more great reads, check out our Books With Characters of Color and Books That Teach Empathy

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The Snowy Day Book Poster Image
Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
(1962)
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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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Mixed Me! Book Poster Image
Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale.
By Taye Diggs
(2015)
(2015)
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We're All Wonders Book Poster Image
Boy who's different promotes kindness in fresh empathy tale.
By R.J. Palacio
(2017)
(2017)
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Princess Hair Book Poster Image
Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.
By Sharee Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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The Invisible Boy Book Poster Image
Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left-out kid.
By Trudy Ludwig
(2013)
(2013)
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Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Book Poster Image
Young man shares info about disability with honesty, humor.
By Shane Burcaw
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Kid-friendly bio a strong, accessible intro to King's life.
By Brad Meltzer
(2016)
(2016)
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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.
By Brenda Woods
(2014)
(2014)
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Lowriders in Space, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture.
By Cathy Camper
(2014)
(2014)
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Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit Book Poster Image
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer
(2013)
(2013)
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Wishtree Book Poster Image
Moving, gentle friendship story tackles anti-Muslim bigotry.
By Katherine Applegate
(2017)
(2017)
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A Whole New Ballgame: Rip and Red, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy.
By Phil Bildner
(2015)
(2015)
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Ambassador Book Poster Image
Complex adventure mixes immigration issues, space travel.
By William Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Blackbird Fly Book Poster Image
Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2015)
(2015)
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Full Cicada Moon Book Poster Image
Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel.
By Marilyn Hilton
(2015)
(2015)
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Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
(1990)
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P.S. Be Eleven Book Poster Image
Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
(2013)
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Rain Reign Book Poster Image
Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog.
By Ann M. Martin
(2014)
(2014)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2014)
(2015)
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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court Book Poster Image
Thoughtful memoir by basketball star and civil rights icon.
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
(2018)
(2017)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
(2013)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
(2013)
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How It Went Down Book Poster Image
Haunting look at killing of unarmed African American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2015)
(2014)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
(2005)
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The Lions of Little Rock Book Poster Image
Poignant story of a shy girl who speaks for social justice.
By Kristin Levine
(2012)
(2012)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Book Poster Image
Little-known disaster gets overdue, in-depth treatment.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2014)
(2014)
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All American Boys Book Poster Image
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
(2015)
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Boy21 Book Poster Image
Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2013)
(2012)
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If I Ever Get Out of Here Book Poster Image
Relatable story of music-loving Native American boy in '70s.
By Eric Gansworth
(2013)
(2013)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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My Name Is Not Easy Book Poster Image
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
(2011)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(2004)
(1960)
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The 57 Bus Book Poster Image
True story of teens' fateful encounter and its aftermath.
By Dashka Slater
(2017)
(2017)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2007)
(2006)
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Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Young women aim to save magic in exciting African fantasy.
By Tomi Adeyemi
(2018)
(2018)
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When Dimple Met Rishi Book Poster Image
Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.
By Sandhya Menon
(2017)
(2017)
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Black Boy Book Poster Image
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2011)
(2007)
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Dear Martin Book Poster Image
Boy faces racial profiling in powerful, realistic tale.
By Nic Stone
(2017)
(2017)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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If I Was Your Girl Book Poster Image
Transgender teen finds first love in moving coming-of-ager.
By Meredith Russo
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Symptoms of Being Human Book Poster Image
Empathetic, empowering story of gender-fluid teen.
By Jeff Garvin
(2016)
(2016)
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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Book Poster Image
Mesmerizing, gritty story of bullied Latina teen in NYC.
By Meg Medina
(2013)
(2013)
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