One of the most influential ways to teach children about diversity is to start and continue conversations at home. Children’s story books are a wonderful tool to initiate meaningful conversations. Conversation starters that you can use with your children include:
"How would you feel if you were treated badly (or differently) because of how you look?"
"What do you notice about the character in this book?"
"How are they different from you?"
"I have a book that I wanted to share with you. Let’s read it together and then afterwards talk about how it makes us feel."
The theme of diversity doesn’t always have to be at the centre of the book – books that represent characters of diverse backgrounds normalizes differences and promotes inclusivity.