41 of the Best Children’s Books about Identity
A good sense of identity helps children feel more positive about themselves and more open-minded to people different from themselves. These picture books about identity help you sensitively teach about a positive self-image in your classroom.
Using Children's Books about Identity
We often hear about adults who struggle with their identity. So imagine, in a world full of mixed messages, stereotypes, and media and cultural pressures, how challenging it is for children.
Children can suffer from anxiety and depression because they feel different or can’t truly embrace their true selves. Children’s books about identity, whether about race, religion, gender and culture, support positive self-esteem and confidence. Reading about characters similar to themselves and facing the same challenges sends a message that they are not alone in their struggles and emotions.
Self-Esteem Boosting Children’s Books about Identity
There is a growing selection of published books exploring the topic of identity for children. I have brought together a collection that covers many aspects of identity to help you find the best books for your needs. You will discover books about identity for preschoolers going up to books for older children.
The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz
Deep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin
My Name Is Blessing by Eric Walters
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker
Neither by Airlie Anderson
The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah
Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon by JonArno Lawson
A Page in the Wind by Jose Sanabria
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
Weirdo by Zadie Smith & Nick Laird
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt
Wild by Emily Hughes
Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry by Fausto Gilberti
Your Name Is a Song by J Thompkins-Bigelow
Celebrating everyone’s identity in your classroom is a powerful way to help your students thrive into confident, courageous and empathic citizens. Let me know how you promote identity in your classroom.
What are your favourite children’s books about identity to help your students embrace their own identity and develop positive self-esteem? Add the title into the comments below!
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