18 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. Discover wonderful children’s books about identity to sensitively teach about a positive self-image in your classroom.
Using Children's Books about Identity in the Classroom
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 more appropriate for older children.
As you scroll through the book list you will see some book images link back to relevant resources on the Children’s Library Lady website.
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
A Page in the Wind by Jose Sanabria
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Wilson
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
Neither by Airlie Anderson
Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon by JonArno Lawson
Pete With No Pants by Rowboat Watkins
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt
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Celebrating 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 to help your students embrace their identity and develop positive self-esteem? Add the title into the comments below!
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.