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Different but the Same: Books about Accepting Differences

on July 28, 2014

Hair color, height, special abilities, personalities, vegetable variety…all are types of differences that can make us feel, well, different.  But in these stories, kids, bears and even sweet potatoes learn that our differences are valuable and what’s more important is how alike we are.

 

Little Sweet Potato by Amy BloomLittle sweet potato

When a little sweet potato gets shaken out of his garden patch, he encounters some very mean and silly plants and wonders if he is just too different to fit in anywhere.

 

 

 

 

You’ll Grow Soon Alex by Andrea ShavickYou'll grow soon, Alex

Alex follows the advice of his mother, father, sister, and teacher hoping to grow taller, but it is his very tall uncle’s advice that really makes a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne MooreFreckleface Strawberry

Freckleface Strawberry is just like everyone else, except that she has red hair and freckles but when she tries to hide who she is, she learns about true friendship and accepting yourself just as you are.

 

 

 

 

Hello My Name is Bob by Linas AlsenasHello, my name is Bob

Bob the bear feels very boring, especially compared to his lively friend Jack, but in the end he realizes that every bear is different and the two of them can still be friends.

 

 

 

Dog-Eared by Amanda HarveyDog-eared

Self-conscious about its ears, a dog tries doing a number of things to make them look better.

 

 

 

The Pig in a Wig by Alan MacDonaldThe pig in a wig

Peggoty the pig feels ugly when the other animals tell her she needs fur, a mane, or feathers, but then she sees the farmer’s baby and learns that there is also beauty in being hairless.

 

 

 

I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe

A wise dragonfly helps an unhappy cricket realize that he is special in his own way.

 

The Skin You Live In by Michael TylerThe skin you live in

Introduces children to all the things you can do in your skin and the importance of accepting what’s inside as opposed to worrying about what type of skin you have.


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