We live in a beautiful world full of diversity that we should all embrace and celebrate. I enjoyed learning new things with my kiddo, especially about new cultures when traveling the world. However, one of my other favorite things to do with her is reading and exploring the world through books. Here is a list of 15 of our favorite multicultural children's picture books that celebrate diversity and especially empower women and girls.
The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees: Wangari Maathai
This picture book is about Kenyan political activist and environmentalist Wangari Maathai. 2004 Nobel Peace prize. She is the founder of the Green Belt movement in Kenya. Her organization focuses on women's rights and environmental issues; as a result, they have planted over 40 million trees in the past 40 years. This is a great read for you and your kiddos.
The Little Piano Girl
This picture book tells the story of female jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. She is a jazz legend who arranged and wrote music for other jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, etc. She started playing piano at 4 years old, and by 8 years old, she was a professional musician. This beautiful picture book is a great start if you don't know about this jazz legend yet.
26 women who changed the world
We love this book because it showcases women of all backgrounds. Each page covers some phenomenal women of diverse ethnicities who have accomplished amazing things in their lifetime. You will learn both about their struggles and triumphs. A fun, delightful read that will keep your kiddo inspired.