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Best Multicultural Baby Books
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Multicultural Baby Books

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Best Multicultural Baby Books

Whoever said babies are too young to learn about different cultures? Here at Babylist, we love celebrating the diversity of Planet Earth, and with countless, beautifully varied cultures around the globe, we think it’s never too early to learn about and celebrate each other’s cultures and traditions, the same way we teach babies their ABCs.

At the same time, some concepts will forever be universal. No matter where in the world they are, kids will always play, families and friends will always love each other and babies will always be adorable (obviously).

So we’ve gathered a list of books that can help teach little ones both of these important concepts: we should celebrate our differences and respect each others’ cultures, and also remember that we humans are all the same in so many ways.

Join little ones from around the world as they say hello in countries like Brazil, Egypt, France and more! This book is a fun and easy way to introduce babies and toddlers to basic greetings in multiple languages.

Babies Around the World


Meet seven children from around the world: there’s Kian from Iran, Daphine from Uganda, Romeo from Italy, and several others. We see where they live; we meet their parents; we spend a day in their shoes. The takeaway? The games we play may be different, but all over the world, kids are kids and people are people—and we are all beautiful.

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World


People don’t have to be exactly alike in order to get along, and this series of books encourages us to celebrate our differences. Family and friends can have different personalities, appearances, abilities and cultures, and inclusivity makes everything more fun! The set includes three Little Feminist books:

  • Hair showcases race & ethnicity
  • On the Go showcases the many forms of mobility, ability & bodies
  • Families showcases gender, sexuality & all the wonderful forms of family

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat


Filled with gorgeous, emotive illustrations, this book celebrates all babies all over the world. Babies are born every day, and they’re not only adorable, but splendidly diverse as well.

Everywhere Babies


Whoever you are, there are other little ones out there just like you. They may not look the same as you, or talk the same as you, or have the same life as you, but inside we’re all the same.

Whoever You Are


Babies love to look at other babies. With photos of babies from 17 cultures around the world, this book is a perfect introduction to diversity and culture.

Global Babies


Through simple, lyrical and powerful verse, this book tells the story of a modern Native American family and one of their favorite culinary traditions: fry bread. “Fry bread is food…fry bread is nation…fry bread is us.” And for added education, the endpages feature a list of all Native American tribes and communities across the nation.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story


Indigenous peoples all over the globe have saught to protect the natural world from the harm that some modernization can cause, and their determination to maintain that protection comes through vividly in this gentle, lyrical story. Told through the lens of indigenous North American tribes, this book serves as a reminder of the role their culture and traditions have played in the fight to protect the land’s water supply.

We Are Water Protectors


The market is a very exciting place! As baby secretly collects food in mama’s basket, little ones will love learning about the culture of this Nigerian marketplace.

Baby Goes to Market


There are two Mrs. Gibsons: a Japanese mother and an African-American grandmother. They may be very different people, but the love they give to one little girl is the same. This sweet book is a beautiful introduction to growing up biracial and the merging of two family cultures.

Two Mrs. Gibsons - Paperback


This gentle, gorgeous celebration of Chinese heritage asks little ones of Chinese descent to look in the mirror and recognize the beauty and meaning behind each of their features, linking each part of them to the culture and history of generations past.

Note: This book is due to be released on January 4th, 2020, but you can preorder now.

I Am Golden


A mother begs the animals of Thailand not to wake her baby. As you hear the different sounds animals make in Thailand (animals sound different in other languages!), the gentle rhyming and soft-colored illustrations might just soothe your own baby to sleep.

Hush! A Thai Lullaby - Paperback


This bilingual, easy-to-read book gives a tour of a Mexican neighborhood through the eyes of a child who is very excited about getting a paleta (a Mexican popsicle).

What Can You Do With a Paleta? - Paperback


What toddler doesn’t love “Wheels on the Bus”? Now you can take the beloved song to another part of the world and help your little one learn about India—from tuk tuks (rickshaw taxis) to elephants to rupees.

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk


Although the children in this story are school-age, the sentiment of inclusivity and belonging can be applied to anyone of any age—and it’s an especially important concept to teach babies and toddlers early on. No matter how you dress, what you eat or what you celebrate, all are welcome.

All Are Welcome


If there really is a human race, why are we racing? Are there winners and losers? As one child wonders about the goal of the human race, a very important message is brought forward: “Shouldn’t it be that you just try your best? And that’s more important than beating the rest?” Through clever wordplay, your toddler can learn what it means to be a good global citizen.

Is There Really a Human Race?


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