Start building your little one’s library with these BIPOC-centered picture books

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It goes without saying, reading is fundamental. Even before your little one can walk or talk, spending time reading together is so important. Not only is it a bonding opportunity, but it also helps develop early language and literacy skills.

Reading also means that parents can put the concept of “windows and mirrors” into practice. Mirrors allow children to see themselves reflected in literature, while windows allow kids to see others who are different from them in some way. Both are important, so as you think about building your child’s library, it’s essential to incorporate books that feature diverse characters.

If your little one’s bookshelf is still a bit bare, not to worry. I have three picture book recommendations featuring BIPOC characters that are sure to delight kids of all ages. Learn more about them by watching the video above or reading below for more info.

Lola at the Library, $6.98

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This sweet book about Lola’s Tuesday trip to the library isn’t just a favorite in my house; Amazon shoppers love it, too. It has a 4.9 out of 5-star rating, plus it’s a Teachers’ Pick.

Paletero Man, $14.48

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This colorful book is a pleasure to just look at. The illustrations are so vibrant and inviting. Rest assured, the story is also great. There’s even a plot twist, so no spoilers here!

Bee-Bim Bop!, $7.99

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Perfect for families that like to cook together, this adorable book showcases the magic of sharing a meal with those you love the most.

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