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This post features 30 books about being different. These children books all celebrate children who are a little or a lot different. Some characters stand tall from the start and others have a wobbly road. But find their legs as they go, all will inspire children to embrace who they are. All of our book lists include affiliate links. A cricket gives him some great advice. He starts to dance! This has been a favorite in our house for years! Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage is a gem!
This story is funny, cute and a great message about not being what we think we should be but rather who we truly are. Small Knight is not so sure about being brave and fighting but he does know how to make a friend.
When he sets out to slay a dragon he ends up befriending one. A great book for all kids. Even though my son is presently all about battles and weapons he still likes and relates to this more peaceful story of a knight. As soon as I read it to him I was searching for the next in the series. Calvin loves books and the library and while all the other birds are flying in a pack he is off on his own. There is some teasing but ultimately the pack helps Calvin and he in turns saves everyone.
Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is on my must buy list. Nate is a little boy who after seeing a ballet school production with his class at school, decides he too wants to take ballet. Of course, his older brother has something to say, and say and say but Nate is pretty confident with the help of his parents, that boys can take ballet. I love that Nate wants to dance but he hates the idea that he might have to wear pink, clearly pink is not a good thing to him, he just wants to dance. Princess Smartypants by Brenda Cole is the antithesis of the classic beautiful frail princess stories, but it still ends with happily ever after.
She bends to their wishes but still does things her way. I think this is a great message about happiness and confidence for girls and balances out some of the other princess stories. He writes poetry and is proud of it at first until someone calls it sissy. When the herd is in danger though Slim saves the day with his rhymes! This book was too long for my son at 2 to enjoy.
But for year-olds the length is perfect for this book. The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein is a lovely book. This book addresses that, in a cute but frank way.
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I think that even though we hope that all parents would be immediately supportive the reality is, that parents are human too and acceptance can take time even when there is lots of love. They may be a prince and a princess but they are definitely different. The love story is pretty cute too, it is a fairytale after all. Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra is a goofy fun book that had me wrapped around its fingers with the title, I mean a fish named Barry? And he has fingers?! I love it. Thankfully my judgment was smack dab on because the inside of the book was as funny as the cover.
He is a hero when his fingers save the day. The illustrations are so fun, the text is zippy and both my kids 4 and 10 months loved it from start to finish. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a lovely book about having confidence in who you are, losing confidence and regaining it in the end. Chrysanthemum is a little mouse who loves her name until she goes to school and is picked on for it being out of the ordinary.
I know I can. Thankfully my son has yet to experience this all too common, but still heartbreaking experience. I love that I have a book like this to share with him and open up about it before it happens. Ultimately Chrysanthemum learns to love her name again and regains the confidence in being herself that she once had.
Another fantastic book from a consistently wonderful author. Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke is a fantastic story about a little princess who is different. She is so disgusted with being perfect and pretty that she chucks her crown into the pond. I love this book and cheered throughout. There is room for all sorts of princesses in this family, well eventually there is. Good book. I like how simply blunt the book is and it should be because the lesson should be about acceptance and allowing people, especially children to express their true self.
I think I was expecting more of a story even though I knew it was non-fiction. It opened a great dialog with my 5-year-old son about how he would treat a male friend if they wanted to dress in a dress. Good discussion at our house, worth the read for sure! Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus is a childhood favorite. I think as the youngest child I always felt behind the curve, always playing catch up. I think this book is more for parents. His dad is more than a little anxious but Leo blooms in his own good time.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is a classic tale about doing your own thing and not letting any amount of pressure change you. I love the message this book has about being who you are no matter what environment you are in. The text is just the right length and the illustrations are so expressive.
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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is such a cute and funny story, your kids will love it! Tacky is an odd bird but when hunters come to get some pretty penguins, it is funny the odd ways he does things to turn off the hunters and saves Tacky and his perfectly not odd companions. This is a sweet look at being different and being happy as pie about being different.
My son loves this book and will often point out that Tacky is proud to sing just the way he wants. I love that it can preach to kids without preaching at all. Frederick by Leo Lionni is a fable about the importance of imagination. When all the mice are working hard to gather things for winter Fredrick is quietly taking in the sun, and colors they will need to help get them through the dark, cold, and hungry days ahead.
Great commentary about art being vital and being yourself. The kids tease her and her teacher reprimands her for squinting. I like this book because it really allows children to experience what Ginny goes through.
How being different and not knowing it can be fixed feels. Ginny is given a patch and that too could be a source of humiliation but she is proud to be a pirate! Great and unexpectedly tender look at being different at school. Elmer by David McKee is another book with a great message. Elmer is quite different. Like all of us it takes some time for Elmer to accept who he is.
But in the end, he sees that patchwork is just who he is! The story is about Stephanie, whose friends, and even teachers start copying how she wears her ponytail. She moves it to the side, to the top of her head even right in front of her face and they keep copying her. So she outsmarts them all with shocking results. The message though is about being your own person. A powerful one for kids today. Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson is another wonderful book about artistic spirit. This story is really worth a look!
Moosetache by Margie Palatini is an absurd book about a moose with an out of control mustache! Kids love this book! They laugh at the poor moose who is quite anxious about his unusual facial hair. The book has a valuable message about accepting yourself and the quirks that make you, you. Parr is renowned for his bright silly illustrations. They help kids find his deeper messages fun and more importantly makes them memorable. This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.
The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really end up hurting them. A Bad Case Of Stripes is about a little girl so worried about impressing others that she keeps changing and loses who she really is. This story is a cautionary tale about being yourself, and not being yourself. A great book for older preschoolers and young elementary aged children.
At 4 my son is starting to get the message of this book. But enjoys reading it and giggling at the antics for sometime now. I really really like this book, the message is fantastic! Her grandma gave it to her and she likes it. Being yourself is hard and the author connects to that while still creating a strong lovely heroine. When you start this story you are told three things about naked mole rats.
One of which is they are all naked, except Wilbur. Wilbur loves clothes. He loves how he looks and how different clothes enable him to express his varying personalities and moods. The other naked mole rats are shocked by this behavior. After many attempts to convince Wilbur to shed his clothes, the naked mole rats seek help from the Grand-pah, the oldest and wisest naked mole rat.
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