16 picture books that teach love and acceptance

There have been so many acts of violence happening close to home and across oceans, and I’ve been thinking of the people who caused those tragic events.

Where was their sense of self-love and reverence for life?

How can I teach my children to deeply love and accept themselves and others, despite our weaknesses and differences?

I started looking for picture books that displayed these messages beautifully and in a way that reaches kids’ hearts and minds.

I recruited Michelle from The Book Report and Alix and Kelly from Little Lit Joy, other book-loving moms who know the power books can have to drive important lessons home.

Here are our 16 picks for books that teach love and acceptance:

Little Lit Joy’s picks:

Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andraea

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr (or any of his books)

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

The Book Report’s picks:

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Most People by Michael Leannah

Lovely by Jess Hong

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee

Talk Wordy to Me’s picks:

We’re all Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

The Wonderful Things you will be by Emily Winfield Martin

Life by Cynthia Rylant

One by Kathryn Otoshi

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