It’s Okay to Be Different

Todd Parr, Gill Saunders Jones (2001), Little, Brown

This book helps kids understand what diversity is and how it applies to them. A wide range of differences, including size and family type, are shared. The book promotes social acceptance among all people and gives children the chance to think about and recognize their differences. Readers are encouraged to look beyond the outside of a person to think about who the person is on the inside.

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Talk with a child about this book

Write a description of yourself.

What does diversity mean?

What is a community?

Has there been a time when you felt different?

Are you like any characters in the book?

Do you know anyone like other characters in the book?