Recently on Instagram, I commented that I had been on searching for children's books that promote acceptance, love, tolerance and inclusivity.
I love a good bedtime story as much as the next parent (note my use of the term good here – sorry kindergarten readers, but you don’t make the cut), but recently I’ve been really conscious of what a unique opportunity we have at bedtime. It’s when we cuddle up to our children, when we put away our devices, and when we connect in a (mostly) calm, loving way.
So rather than indulging in any old story plucked off our packed shelves, I’ve been making a concerted effort to select stories that teach a lesson. Not in a preachy way, but subtly told through beautiful characters and moving storylines.
When this world feels a little chaotic (it’s not just me, is it?), these stories are helping me to feel like I’m making just a little difference in my children’s lives each evening. If you’re trying to do the same, here are my top picks.
Header image by Grace Alyssa Kyo