We reached out to librarians for recommendations on books they feel promote some of the values all parents want for their children. Here are picks from Rebecca Stout, youth librarian at Berkley Public Library, and the staff at the Royal Oak Public Library Youth Services Department, to get you started on building your home library or reading list. Youth librarians are always a great place to start when searching.
A boy and his elephant are excluded from Pet Club, so he starts his own club where all are welcome.
This board book introduces complicated concepts of equality to the youngest of children
This picture book empowers kids and their grown-ups to express themselves in every color of the rainbow.
An 11-year-old and his grandmother take readers through American race relations of the past and present.
The creature narrating this book does not appreciate being called a monster.
A dispute over sandwich choices threatens to end the friendship of two best friends.
After two friends “borrow” $20 from a lost wallet, the billionaire owner challenges them to spend $5 million dollars to learn life lessons about money.
Two very different hamsters find a way to live together.
Toddlers will recognize wanting everything and friends.
Friends learn to compromise to make everyone happy.
One girl dares to question the thought that it is “just the way it is.”
A funny introduction to the judicial branch of government and how justice is served.
This picture book helps start conversations about disability, accessibility, social justice and community building.
This story about generosity and friendship navigates issues of race and social justice.
A girl thanks all who played a role in making it possible for her to bake an apple cake.
In this board book, animal friends learn it’s the thought that counts when receiving presents.
A rabbit and a frog cook up a way to show everyone their gratitude.
Three children, separated by continents and decades, embark on harrowing journeys.
Children discover that a little kindness goes a long way.
Each scene in this board book shares that kindness makes our world a better place.
A cast of animal characters illustrates the many ways to show kindness to others.
A fantasy book about the power of generosity and love, and how a community suffers when they disappear.
Bear is throwing a surprise party for his friend Hare, but has a hard time waiting for it.
Moms who are always in a hurry will enjoy this story of compromise.
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