37 Picture Books about Tolerance and Inclusion
These books about tolerance and inclusion support your students in responding to discrimination, and standing up for what’s right.
Tolerance and Inclusion in the Classroom
In a multicultural world, discrimination is all around us, and part of our role as teachers is to help our students be tolerant and empathic. Tolerant people are open-minded, accepting people for who they are despite differences. It also means they will tolerate difficult or unpleasant situations.
Support children in responding to discrimination whether aimed at themselves or others. This could involve standing up for people unfairly treated and not following the crowd in negative behaviour.
Picture Books about Tolerance and Inclusion
These books present a powerful starting point for discussions about tolerance and inclusion. You will see characters and real-life people who:
- Do not judge people on their physical appearance
- Stand up for what is right
- Get to know people for who they are
- Work towards understanding the perspective of others
- Listen carefully without jumping to conclusions
- Understand that it is okay to agree to disagree
In any collection of books about tolerance and inclusion, you will, of course, see people acting in the exact opposite way, causing pain and suffering.
Picture Book List
Alan Turing by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Angus all Aglow by Heather Smith
Elmer by David McKee
The Fearsome Five by Wolf Erlbruch
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Henry and the Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White
Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman
Love Is Powerful by Dean Brewer
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford
White Water by Michael S. Bandy
Questions to Use with Books about Tolerance
- What does tolerance and inclusion mean to you?
- What is prejudice?
- How do you show tolerance?
- Why do you think some people are prejudiced?
- How do you feel when someone is prejudiced towards you? Why?
- How did [character] show more tolerance as the story went on?
- Describe how [character] showed tolerance or prejudice?
- Why did [character] need to show tolerance towards [character]?
- Why did [character] and [character] show tolerance in different ways?
- How did [character’s] prejudice impact those around them?
- How did [character’s] tolerance impact those around them?
- How did [character’s] tolerance impact their community?
- Why do you think [character] was more tolerant than [character]?
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