41 of the Best Picture Books about Acceptance

41 of the Best Picture Books about Acceptance

These books about acceptance include scenarios of self-acceptance, acceptance of others, and acceptance of situations out of our control. They focus on the importance of being yourself, self-esteem and empathy for others.

41 of the Best Picture Books about Acceptance

Books about Acceptance

Teaching a culture of acceptance starts on the first day of the school year. Part of our role as educators is to foster an environment of acceptance. This involves creating a culture of daily acceptance of ourselves and others, building self-esteem and reducing bullying. No matter the makeup of your classroom, acceptance of appearance, culture and ideas is crucial for a welcoming environment.

In a world full of amazing people, we all encounter life differently. There is no ‘one size fits all’ experience. Feeling as if you don’t fit in is painful, especially for children. These books about acceptance illustrate

  • that it’s okay to be different and the importance of being yourself and focus on the self-esteem, confidence and courage to do this.
  • characters modelling empathy, compassion and acceptance of themselves and others.
  • characters accepting situations out of their control and learning how to cope during such events.

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Recommended Picture Books about Acceptance

Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen

Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen

Guji Guji was raised as a duck but discovers he is actually a crocodile. Other crocodiles want Guji Guji to help them eat his duck family but he instead formulates a plan to save them. Promotes acceptance, identity, problem-solving and a sense of belonging.
Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Leila learns self-acceptance from her grandmother and an understanding of her heritage. Her grandmother complements the saffron beads on her scarf, leading Leila to seek out characteristics that make up her unique identity as a Pakistani American.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Wilbur, a naked mole rat, love to wear clothes but he worries the rest of the colony won’t accept him. The leader, Grand-pah, proclaims they should show him tolerance and the other naked mole rats experiment with clothing. Promotes acceptance, individuality, open-mindedness, and self-awareness.
The Pond by Nicola Davies

The Pond by Nicola Davies

A young boy describes the loss of his father and how family members experience grief in different ways. They try to cope by rebuilding the pond he created when he was alive. Reinforces themes of acceptance, bereavement, relationship skills and self-management.

Questions to Use With Books about Acceptance

  • How did [character] show acceptance for their situation?
  • How did acceptance affect [character]? Why?
  • Why was [character’s] reaction to [someone’s appearance, culture and choice] negative? How could they have reacted more positively?
  • How did [character] go about achieving self-acceptance?
  • Why did [character] find it hard to cope with [situation]? What coping strategies could they use?
  • How did [character] show acceptance of others?
  • Why did [character] think before they spoke?
  • Why did [character] treat someone different because of how they looked/thought? What should they have done?
  • Why did [character] choose not to help [character] What should they have done?
  • How should we treat people different from us?
  • Why do you think [character] excluded [character]? What would you have done in the same situation?
  • How can racism, bullying, teasing, picking on others, being mean, etc affect others?
  • Why is it important for us to show acceptance for others?
  • How do we show acceptance for other people?

Further Reading

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