“It’s okay to be a different color.”
“It’s okay to dance by yourself.”
“It’s okay to wear glasses.”
“It’s okay to have a pet worm.”
“It’s okay to be different!”
So says author/illustrator Todd Parr’s whimsical book “It’s Okay to be Different” (Little Brown) that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Perfect for children in pre-school to grade 2, this book boasts Parr’s signature bright, childlike drawings and an optimistic, upbeat attitude. I especially appreciate the way the book mixes the superficial and mundane (“It’s okay to dance by yourself.”) with weightier issues (“It’s okay to have different moms.”). Says Publisher’s Weekly, “[Parr] wisely doesn’t zero in on specifics, which would force him to establish what’s ‘normal.’ Instead, he focuses on acceptance and individuality and encourages readers to do the same.”
Use this book as a tool to begin discussions about diversity with young children.