Great books for preschoolers on diversity

On your search to include more diverse books for your kids, check out the wonderful range of local books from South African publishers Book Dash – they’re all created by local authors, illustrators and design teams.

Perfect for kids age two to six, the books below deal specifically with issues of diversity and inclusion. Many of the books are available in Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga.

Click on each one to read for free, and if you know children with no access to books who would benefit from reading these stories please consider supporting Book Dash by making a donation or ordering a few!

I’m the Colour of Honey

Is that your teacher? Is that your aunty? Amanda is fed up with these questions and wishes that she looked just like her Mummy and Daddy. But maybe they are more alike than she realises! A lovely story for children who have parents that don’t look the same.

Lara the Yellow Ladybird 

A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in. She paints her wings only to find that fitting in might mean losing out.

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Is There Anyone Like Me?

I wonder if there’s another me somewhere in the world… A wonderful tale of discovering that no-one in the world is the same.Yo

My Special Hair

A story about my special hair. How special it can be. So many types of special hair. Just look around, you’ll see.


Why is Nita Upside Down?

Nita’s hanging upside down. She doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere.  Then a friend teaches her: “Each human is sort of strange you see. That makes you just the same, like me.”

Just Like Me 

It’s Rahah’s birthday party. Mum wants to know who she will invite. Will they all fit in? The joy is that even though all her friends are so different Rahah focuses on what makes them just like her.

Lory Dory

Lory Dory was born invisible. No one understands that she is real. Until, one day, she finds a way to show them who she is.

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About The Book Tree

Corinne Lamoral Rosmarin is an author and editor, and founder of The Book Tree, and loves encouraging reading as much as she loves books herself.

Of The Book Tree, she says: “We are a children’s book review and literacy website dedicated to reading, sharing and loving books. Besides the pure joy of imagination and entertainment – why is reading so important? In today’s world reading through the overload of texts and sources and being able to extract meaning and information is vital.

A child who can use language and vocabulary to share their views and ideas, is a child empowered. A child who can find solace in a book and laughter and release in a tale or two is a child happy and fulfilled. A child who can read is a child who can think, thrive and help to grow a beautiful new world.

We are available for school talks and presentations, book readings and bespoke book- buying services. Tell us what kinds of books your child loves and we will curate a package of books to keep them happy or make a reader out of them (no matter how reluctant they are at first!).

You can email Corinne here.
Corinne Lamoral Rosmain of The Book