Updated: Oct 1, 2020
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month! It is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole, and how positively viewing and appreciating global diversity will allow us to adopt more inclusive practices around the world.
There are many ways to celebrate diversity. You can make your own, or use one of these ideas: Attend a class to learn something new (for example our African Fairy Tales & Folktales for Kids classes), host a multicultural movie night with foreign films, attend a cultural art exhibit, enjoy music from different parts of the world, or support minority-owned businesses. The most important thing is to respect people of all origins and ethnicities and remember how diversity positively enhances our lives.
Below is our list of books and toys for kids that celebrate global diversity (# 1).
1) Not For Parents Africa: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
This is not a guidebook. And it's definitely 'not-for-parents'. It is the real inside story about one of the world's most exciting continents - Africa. In this book you'll hear fascinating tales about Dogon warriors, fearless explorers, Nollywood film stars, crazy coffins, Egyptian tombs and witch doctors.
2) Cooking Class Global Feast!: 44 Recipes That Celebrate the World’s Cultures
Food is a fun way to celebrate diversity, and in her new kids’ cookbook, best-selling author Deanna F. Cook leads young chefs on a tasty tour of global cultures and cuisines.
3) GeoToys — GeoPuzzle Africa and the Middle East
GeoPuzzle Africa and the Middle East has 65 pieces shaped like African countries and groups of countries. While putting the puzzle together, children learn the names and shapes of countries, their location on the continent of Africa, and the capital cities.
4) Crocodile Creek - Children of The World - 36 Piece Jigsaw Floor Puzzle
Crocodile Creek’s classic floor puzzles will always delight and entertain all ages!
5) Feyi Fay's Boredom Squashing Activity Book
This chunky activity book has over 100 pages of brain boosting activities from puzzles and mazes to coloring pages and riddles. Kids' vocabulary, critical reasoning, creativity, and problem-solving skills will improve, and they will even learn about interesting topics such as African geography and culture.
6) Countries of the World: Our World in Pictures
Take a fascinating around-the-globe tour, with a stopover in every nation on every continent, in this picture-packed children's book.
7) What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World
A celebration of clothing in bright, beautiful photographs of exuberant and diverse children from around the world, WHAT WE WEAR: DRESSING UP AROUND THE WORLD inspires young readers to explore the way clothing makes them feel and how it tells the world who they are.
8) World Map Poster For Kids
Map décor in school, playroom or home, these posters will inspire in any environment
9) Adventures Around the Globe: Packed Full of Maps, Activities and Over 250 Stickers
This special edition in our beautiful "Adventures In" sticker book series takes young readers aged 3 and up on a non-stop tour of the continents, adding fun and humor along the way. Find out fun facts, decorate sticker scenes, add color and patterns to some iconic sights, and solve puzzles as you travel across the world.
10) Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy
Extreme weather affects two children's lives in very different ways and shows how the power of nature can bring us together.
And don't forget to join one of our live virtual African Fairy Tales & Folktales for Kids classes to discover the continent of Africa through Folktales.