Diverse Children’s Books to Give as Gifts, Ages 0-5

Holiday Guide 0-5

Books make the best gifts! With the holiday season in full swing, we get a lot of questions about the best books to gift to young readers. If you’re looking for vibrant, beautiful, authentically diverse books for the children in your life, keep reading for our suggestions for ages 0-5 and stay tuned for the other entries in this series when we’ll cover additional age ranges!

Arrorró, mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games, by Lulu Delacre

Arrorro mi nino

This is a beautiful collection of classic Latino lullabies embracing the special bond between parent and child, perfect for bedtime reading. You can also purchase the audio tracks of each lullaby to listen along while reading.

Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol, by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Call Me Tree

A gentle, bilingual, and completely gender-neutral story about growing into yourself and standing tall – perfect for stretching out after nap time or winding down before bed.

Jazz Baby, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Laura Freeman

Jazz Baby

This sweet celebration of music and movement invites the youngest readers to swing, sway, and jitterbug to the music of jazz. Perfect for the budding music lover!

Drummer Boy of John John, written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frané Lessac

Drummer Boy of John John

Set on the island of Trinidad, this story about one of the pioneers in the development of the steel drum will capture the imagination of young readers with musical text and sun-drenched paintings.

A Morning With Grandpa, written by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay

A Morning With Grandpa

Mei Mei and her grandfather practice tai chi and yoga together in the garden in this sweet story celebrating grandparents and grandchildren. The backmatter helps readers to try out their own tai chi and yoga moves along with the characters!

Rainbow Stew, by Cathryn Falwell

Rainbow Stew

Learn how to cook up a delicious and nutritious stew of garden vegetables in this rhyming text about a rainy summer day.

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