A great tool in teaching young kids about diversity is through books. Whether it’s story time before bed, or anywhere in between, a good book can be a great avenue for starting conversations. Sharing diverse children’s books with our kids helps them become more accepting, more compassionate, and less apt to feel anxious or scared when they meet others who appear different from themselves.
Brazilian author, Isabel Cintra has published two books designed specifically to embrace and accept the differences that make our world such an interesting and fun place to live.
Designed for kids ages six to twelve, The Great Little Tailor and The Princess and The Mirror, not only give children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children by fostering children’s sense of empathy and connection with characters who might look different from themselves.
Isabel Cintra grew up in the small town of Sao Joaquim de Barra, Brazil. At an early age, she entered the magical world of writing and literature. A shy girl with a head full of thoughts, her greatest desire was to share with the world, through her books, the vision of an enchanted princess who looked like her. Through her vibrant picture books, illustrated by her brother Zeka Cintra, Isabel strives to introduce kids to a world where diversity is valuable and beautiful. Fantasy, representativeness and diversity are common themes in her editorial production. Her work, Corvo-Correio was a winner of the 2017 Off Flip Literature Prize. She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and daughters.
By reading stories that discuss skin shades, cultures, and clothes from around the world, little readers are able to gain exposure to these topics.