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D is for Diversity

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D is for Diversity gives an A to Z overview of different races, religions, and traditions, along with many diversity related vocabulary words. I love that each page gave a short description of the word each letter represented.
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I thought this would be a lovely little book for kids, but it's kind of a mess. It starts out bad- "A is for African American." What about the rest of the world? Are Black people everywhere called African Americans? Then we have "N is for Native Americans," which is outdated. We have "J is for Jewish" and "M is for Muslim" which are treated in a they-believe-this manner, while "C is for Christian" has an us point of view; does the author assume the reader is Christian, just as she assumes the reader is in the U.S.? The rest is a mix of nationalities, dress, and cliches. I'm sure the author meant well; I do hope, however, these issues were addressed before the book was published. As is, I can't recommend this.

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I was hoping to love this book. I am always on the lookout for diverse books for my kid.

What I liked:
The pictures were bright and really cute.
The idea was great
The people were actually a beautiful array of colours and I thought that was perfect

What bothered me:
I felt like this book could have worked better if it focuses solely on either diversity OR culture. As two separate books I think it could have worked better for me. Rather the awe itch back and forth felt like two separate books.
I didn’t feel that with all of the closed eyes, that the two only Asian peoples eyes be slanted.
I felt the use of African American makes this book entirely American centred and erases the black people who are in fact not African American.
The term Native American to describe the Indigenous people felt outdated.
It also bothered me that the sole focus on diversity was on race and culture when diversity actually includes disabled people, different genders, different sexualities, etc. I felt there was so much opportunity and it kind of missed the Mark and just focused on race (poorly)
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I had such hope for a new, simple board book about diversity, but this book was so surface it was practically offensive. Starting with A is for African-American, I had to cringe.
This book was a disappointment and definitely did not hit the mark for me.
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D is for Diversity is a great book introducing the alphabet through different terms relating to diversity. It's full of cute illustrations and brings up some important topics and terms young ones can learn about. I think ages 5 and up would benefit from this book. This book does exactly what it is advertised to do: teach diversity through the alphabet in picture book form. It's spot on and works very well.

Some of the topics could have been better discussed or not made to be stereotypical, but that's just my personal opinion.

Two out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Big Dreams Kids Books for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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D is for Diversity that is perfect for young children to learn more about different people, religion, and cultures. The book is inclusive and diverse, and carries a compassionate message that is done so in a way that children can understand.
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Every person needs to read this book. I do not care how old you are, you need to read this book. An alphabetical breakdown of race, religion, and why to be understanding of those differences we all have, written on a level that a child can understand. Get this into every library and school that you can because kids and adults need to be reading this book.
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I liked this book. It's probably not the best alphabet book I've read with a similar message, but this one is a good one.
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This book appears at first glance to be positive-- it's about diversity, after all. But it seems to be primarily about how white christians are the norm, and others should be tolerated. For example, turn please to the descriptions of religions: 
Judaism: "Our Jewish friends believe in God and the Torah"
Islam: "Muslim: These are our friends who practice Islam and believe in God and the prophet Mohammed" 
Christianity: "These friends believe that God sent his son, Jesus, to show *us* how to love one another." (emphasis my own)

All the images have the children's eyes closed, but the asian characters have their eyes both chosed and slanted, which seems problematic at best. And all the other descriptions make me vaguely uncomfortable in different ways. A Bindi and a turban in the Sikh style, respectively, are explained to be "cultural tradition" without reference to the specific religions those traditions come from. A wheelchair is for "our friends who may be sick." And on and on. 

I would not recommend this book to anyone, and especially not for library purchase.
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From Z to A and A to Z, we celebrate diversity! We all have things that make us unique, Maybe how we look, think, or speak.

Diversity can teach us to accept others and learn about other cultures and beliefs. Each letter shows how different we are. From culture, how we live, to the country we live in. Each letter gives us encouragement to the differences. Our differences also shows how much we are alike as well. A great conversation starter with your children

A special thank you to Big Dream Kids Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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A new take on the ABC's that teaches kids we are all different and that is good! It provides a little bit of information without overwhelming them. This book celebrates the differences among us and helps make kids aware of them in a fun way. A great resource for anyone who works with or is around children on a regular basis. A definite must-have for parents!
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I read this book with my 5 and 8 year old children. The book is beautifully illustrated, captivating their attention. The alphabet only has 26 letters so there were many cultures and ethnicities not included. I thought the author did a great job with brief explanations, giving some exposure to my kids. This is a cute, colorful book that children will love.

Thank you to Netgalley and Big Dreams Kids Books for the opportunity to read a copy.
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I gave this book a 4.5 out of five stars. It was a nice book and I do think that is important to put out books celebrating diversity that are marketed towards younger kids. I did like the inclusion of religion in this book as well. I think all of these words are important and fit with the theme of the book, I just also think that a couple of the words felt like shortcuts and the author could have put a little more effort into finding words. For example were grow and old the only words the author could think of for G and O. I think this was a nice book and there was research and thought put into it, but I just felt like some of the letters didn't get as much thought as some of the others.
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D is for Diversity is a children’s book that starts from a very simple and useful idea to explain to children the great diversity of cultures, races and creeds that exist, their different forms and how beautiful and enriching it is to be part of it.

The beautiful and colourful illustrations are very striking. They explain very well from A to Z the concept they represent in each case.

D is for Diversity can be very useful for us to start talking and exploring with children such basic and important concepts as respect, tolerance and love. It is also a useful, fun and interesting way to teach them the alphabet.

I think it is a book that should be part of every children’s bookstore, both because of its content and form and because of the importance of what is explained in it.
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I was given this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

I have a 4.5 yr old and she loved it! It was a wonderful ABC book with a great range of beautiful pictures. We got a digital copy of this book but am I getting copy for Christmas for my daughter. She can't stop looking at it and I know she will love to "read it" to her stuffies.
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By using bright colorful pictures and short explanations for each letter of the alphabet makes exploring the diversity of the world a fun topic.  This is definitely a book that I would buy and use in my toddler classroom as a way to explore diversity.  I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book thanks to NetGalley.
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This is a great ABC book that shows elements of different cultures and religions around the world. It encourages loving, respecting, and learning from one another in young readers and appreciating our differences as well as what we all have in common. The pictures are bright and fun, so this is a great book to grow into. 
Many thanks to Big Dreams Kids Books and NetGalley for the advance copy.
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LOVE!  The illustrations are gorgeous.  The font is gorgeous.  The text is warm and helpful and screams 'love always wins.'  I love this for adults and their kiddos.  We all have more to learn.  We can all do better.  Start these kids young by sharing what beautiful people and religions and customs help make us a stronger world.  Fantastic book!
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Great book. We love alphabet books and this one is perfect for exposing children to all the people of the world. Quick read
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Vibrant, colorful ABC picture book for kids. We loved this at bedtime and some of the terms served as conversation starters. Highly recommend for the mindful family’s inclusive book library.
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