I know that much of the country is not in back to school mode yet, but in Southern Indiana our students started back to school last week. And as families have geared up, our back to school books have been flying off the shelves. I’ve been keeping a close eye on this display to fill it back up. And I always try to make it as inclusive as possible. Keep this in mind as you’re building yours. Consider some of the books below to make your display more inclusive!
- Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua. Simon. 2022.
- Back to School: A Global Journey by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge. 2019.
- Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor. Simon. 2021.
- Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Knopf. 2021.
- Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff. Reycraft. 2019.
- Can I Play, Too? by Samantha Cotterill. Dial. 2020.
- El Cucuy is Scared Too! by Donna Barba Higuera. Abrams. 2021.
- Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim. Viking. 2020.
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López. Nancy Paulsen. 2018.
- Gibberish by Young Vo. Levine Querido. 2022.
- Isabel and Her Colores Go to School by Alexandria Alessandri. Sleeping Bear. 2021.
- I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison. Bloomsbury. 2020.
- The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes. Nancy Paulsen. 2019.
- The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes. Nancy Paulsen. 2022.
- Sam’s Super Seats by Keah Brown. Kokila. 2022.
- That’s Not My Name! by Anoosha Syed. Viking. 2022.
These are just some of my favorite inclusive back to school books. I always like to have a big list of titles I can pull for displays. I try to keep my displays nice and full. What other diverse back to school books would you suggest?
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