Books – Diversity


 The Misfits
Hilarious and poignant novel that focuses on the quietest of a bunch of friends who’ve been the target of cruel name-calling for years. Overweight Bobby Goodspeed evolves from nerd to hero when he starts speaking his mind.

  • Author: James Howe
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Grade Level: middle –high school


Equality and Anti-Racism Book List
Annotated list from Advocates for Human Rights

Beyond Heroes and Holidays:
A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development
Award-winning interdisciplinary guide for teachers, administrators, students, and parents offers lessons and readings that show how to: analyze the roots of racism, investigate the impact of racism on ourselves, our families, and our communities, examine the relationship between racism and other forms of oppression such as sexism, classism, and heterosexism, and work to dismantle racism in our schools, communities, and society.

  • Author: Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, Okazawa Rey
  • Publisher: Teaching for Change
  • Grade Level: adult, educators
  • Subject Area: social studies

Building a House for Diversity: How a Fable about a Giraffe and an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today’s Workforce
Begins with a short fable about how a friendship between the two animals is threatened when the house built for a tall, skinny giraffe cannot accommodate his invited guest, a broad, bulky elephant. Using this story as a vivid metaphor for the difficult issues inherent in diversity, the book goes on to demonstrate how managing diversity can be seen as a set of skills that anyone can learn and use.

  • Author: R. Roosevelt Thomas, Marjorie I. Woodruff
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Grade Level: High school – adult
  • Subject Area: social studies

Connecting Kids: Exploring Diversity Together
Helps children explore and celebrate differences, building acceptance and an inclusive culture that prevents and reduces prejudice and discrimination. Focusing on 20 key skills, it includes over 200 fun games and activities that teach social, “connecting” behaviors.

  • Author: Linda Hill
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers, 2001
  • Grade Level: Adult, educators
  • Subject Area: social studies, all-school activities


The Great Big Book of Families
A picture book featuring all kinds of families and differing aspects of their lives together from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Includes a teaching guide.

  • Author: Mary Hoffman
  • Illustrator: Ros Asquith
  • Publisher: Dial, 2011
  • Grade Level: elementary
  • Subject Area: social studies


I’m Like You, You’re Like Me: A Child’s Book About Understanding and Celebrating Each Other
Simple words and lush illustrations draw children into this gentle story of discovery, acceptance, and affirmation. The book ends with a wonderful declaration: Being “not exactly the same” is a reason to like each other.

  • Author: Cindy Gainer
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press, 2011
  • Grade Level: Pre-K – lower elementary
  • Subject Area: social studies


Teachers, Human Rights and Diversity
How should we educate citizens in multicultural societies? Reports on recent research in this field and considers the implications for teachers, teacher education and student teachers. Case studies illustrate how young citizens can learn to apply the principles of human rights and equality in resolving complex and controversial issues.

  • Author: Audrey Osler
  • Publisher: Trentham Books, 2005
  • Grade Level: adults, educators