12 Delightful Picture Books with Diverse Characters

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These books aren’t focused on multicultural themes, rather they naturally feature diverse characters who reflect our world. We love that! Here are a dozen picture books that are as diverse as they are delightful.

Peace is an Offering
by Annette Lebox, pictures by Stephanie Graegin

This book reads like a little manual for life. A group of friends and their families grace one another with all the small kindnesses that bring peace—and joy and love.

I Had a Favorite Dress

by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Julie Denos

A fashion-forward girl outgrows her favorite dress, but her ingenious mother keeps transforming it into something fabulous.

Big Red Lollipop
by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

One of those true to life stories any sibling could relate to involving: a sister, a birthday party, and a lollipop.

Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by LeUyen Pham

This one shows us that a girl can be president while explaining the Electoral College. That’s a win!

One Family
by George Shannon, pictures by Blanca Gomez

A book about family. About families. About all the different kinds of families there are in this one world we share.

One Word from Sophia
by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail

There’s so much to love about Sophia, a girl who wants a pet giraffe. For real. And there’s so much to learn about elocution and vocabulary from this sophisticated yet playful story!

This is Our House
by Hyewon Yum

Three generations. One house. Grandparents who traveled from another country to start a family. Its youngest member smiling at us from the cover.

The New Small Person
by Lauren Child

One of my favorite books ever for its hilarious and relatable main character, Elmore Green, who’s getting used to the new small person in the family. Also, jelly beans!

Pecan Pie Baby
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Another story of accepting a change in the family. Also, pie! Sophie Blackall, as always, does a terrific job of portraying a diverse (and adorably dressed) classroom of students.

Me and Momma and Big John
by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low

A single mother who works as a stonecutter at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine makes small, daily contributions to build something big, something beautiful both at her job and at home with her family.

by Linda Ashman, pictures by Christian Robinson

The jubilant main character in this book has a hippity-hop that’s so contagious it might even change the mind of his grumpy counterpart.

Marvelous Cornelius
by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra

Cornelius of the title is a man who collects trash before and after Hurricane Katrina, whose small efforts seem epic when done with love and a generous heart. The spirit of New Orleans also shines in this tall tale.

About the Author

Danielle Davis


Danielle Davis reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She brings picture books to life on her blog, This Picture Book Life, which as it happens is a good place to find her.


  1. Hi Danielle,
    Please check out our books. We’re focused on inclusion of children with special needs . They are another natural segment of our world that needs to be recognized and enjoyed. Thank you for you thoughtful in making this list!

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