Teaching children to live authentically means supporting them as they learn to listen to their conscience and respect and value others. This can be tricky for a lot of people, especially kids, when their own needs and preferences are different from the people around them.
As grown-ups, we can coach them to look beyond labels and outside appearances to be more open when meeting new friends or trying new things. As they develop the skills to understand their own needs, feelings, and preferences, they’ll become better at sharing messages of respect, love, approval, and encouragement with others.
Reading books with positive messages about different families, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and languages help children to develop pride, self-worth, and confidence. Here are some of our favorite stories that empower all children to shape their own experience.
We’re All Wonders
Auggie knows he is a wonder, but he wants everybody to realize they are all wonders, too.
Not Quite Narwhal
Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why.
Young Casey loves sparkly things, just like his older sister, who does not approve until an encounter with teasing bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.
You Should, You Should
Hippo’s morning starts off good, until friends say, “You should! You should!” They’ll soon find out that being yourself is what life’s about.
Be Who You Are
Encourages kids to embrace all their unique qualities.
Unicorn (and Horse)
We are sometimes unicorns. We are sometimes horses. But, it’s our differences that make us all unique.
Red: A Crayon’s Story
A blue crayon accidentally gets labelled as red, and tries to be red, but learns that he has to be true to himself – he’s blue!
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