We are a reading family and Kate (age 3) is now in the habit of having books with her breakfast. We read a lot of different kinds of books, but I am always grateful when a book supports our values and/or opens up interesting conversations. The Maine Humanities Council's Born to Read Program offers an amazing bibliography of children's books and well developed curriculum for using children's literature to learn about social justice and diversity issues and to learn about / practice peace (the peaceable stories web site isn't developed yet but you can find some information under trainings). There are other bibliographies available (see links below).
Some of our current favorites are:
* Stellaluna, about a fruit bat and some birds who learn that they can recognize and live their differences and still be friends;
* Karen Katz's new books Can You Say Peace? and The Colors of Us ~ both simple picture books with colorful pictures.
* The Art Book for Children -- a very cool book, suggested by a friend, that prompts us to talk about art and images and feelings.