HOUSTON – Books offer a way for children to see themselves or see experiences different from their own; that’s why they’re a great tool to teach our young ones about inclusion, empathy and race.
Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop in West Houston, shared her picks for best books to educate your kids about diversity and kindness, starting at age 3.
“This is a time when I think we need to talk about these important books, and hopefully this summer you will take an opportunity to stop by the store and learn more about these books and other books that you can share with children and open up the conversation with your family in your classroom,” said Koehler, who explained what each book is all about and why she thinks they’re worth reading.
1. Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev (Simon & Schuster Books)
Today is Pet Club day and the young boy who has a pet elephant understands how difficult it is to be the owner of an unusual pet. When he arrives at the clubhouse, there is a sign stating, “Strictly No Elephants”. Our young friend decides that he will start a new club that welcomes all people and all pets.
“It’s a wonderful story to talk about empathy, kindness and inclusiveness,” said Koehler.