On your search to include more diverse books for your pre-school kids, check out the wonderful range of local books from South African publishers Book Dash. Created by local authors, illustrators and design teams, Book Dash makes sure all their books are diverse – it’s in their make-up as a publisher and a value they hold strongly.
Multi-lingual books are vital
Perfect for kids age 2 – 6, the books below deal specifically with issues of diversity and inclusion. Many of the books are available in Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga. This enables children to learn to read in their own language, which is vital for decoding and building comprehension. Read here for more on the importance of decoding skills.
The books are available free online or they can be purchased and shared. Click on each one to read and if you know children with no access to books who would benefit from reading these stories please consider supporting Book Dash by ordering a few or making a donation!
7 Books that Promote Diversity
Is that your teacher? Is that your Aunty? Amanda is fed up with these questions and wishes that she looked just like her Mummy and Daddy. But maybe they are more alike than she realises! A lovely story for children who have parents that don’t look the same.
A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in. She paints her wings only to find that fitting in might mean losing out.
I wonder if there’s another me somewhere in the world… A wonderful tale of discovering that no-one in the world is the same.
A story about my special hair. How special it can be. So many types of special hair. Just look around, you’ll see.
Nita’s hanging upside down. She doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. Then a friend teaches her: “Each human is sort of strange you see. That makes you just the same, like me.”
It’s Rahah’s birthday party. Mum wants to know who she will invite. Will they all fit in? The joy is that even though all her friends are so different Rahah focuses on what makes them just like her.
Lory Dory was born invisible. No one understands that she is real. Until, one day, she finds a way to show them who she is.