15 diverse children's and young adult books recommended by kids

15 diverse children's and young adult books recommended by kids

When it comes to youth and children's books, no one is better equipped to make a recommendation than kids themselves. TODAY's favorite book lover, Jenna Bush Hager, asked three kids who've already made a name for themselves in the literary world to help her pick books for a special summer kids' edition of Read With Jenna. These bright young minds discuss the importance of representation in literature and share books that reflect different skin colors, cultures and beliefs. Nine-year-old Rylei is the founder and CEO of The Brown Bookcase. She created the independent online bookstore after she found herself struggling to find diverse children's books on the shelves of her local stores. The young CEO recommends "I Believe I Can" by Grace Byers. "I believe I Can" by Grace Byers "I picked this book because it encourages kids to believe in themselves and follow their dreams," said Rylei. The book is written as an affirmation for both boys and girls. It celebrates every individual's ability to reach their goals and calls on kids to love themselves the way they are. "No dream is too big to accomplish," shared the 9-year-old. 1. "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers By the same author and illustrator as "I Believe I Can," "I Am Enough" is also an ode to self-love. It similarly depicts young girls of diverse shapes and skin tones, showing that everyone deserves kindness and should feel confident in their own skin. This book is a celebration of natural Black hair ...
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