Inherent in the mission of Cherry Preschool is a commitment to equity in all its forms. Above all, we strive to have our Cherry community reflect the diversity of the greater Evanston community. We are happy to announce that Cherry Preschool has received a $2,000 grant from the Jain Family Foundation to create an equity library for our school. With this generous donation Cherry will purchase books that better represent the full spectrum of diversity that we see in our school.
NAEYC maintains that exposing young learners to culturally responsive literature depicting their race, home culture, family structure, gender identity and personal ability helps them to feel accepted in their classroom as they form relationships with their teachers and peers.
We have a unique position to set the foundation for literacy throughout life by being a child’s first school experience. Pre-literacy is taught in a text rich environment where books are central to the learning process. In addition, we hope as children leave our program, they will feel confident in their ability to celebrate and accept all differences in the people they will encounter. We also hope they will feel empowered to stand up for the rights of others.
Below is a list of books for preschoolers you might consider adding to your family’s library. Moreover, we would love to hear about any books that you may have read with your children that you think would be a good addition to the Jain Equity and Diversity Library.
Diverse Books For Preschoolers
All People Are Beautiful by Vincent Kelly
We All Belong by Natalie Goss & Alex Goss
Angus All Aglow by Heather Smith
I Am Whole by Shola Oz
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson
Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder
Bein’ with You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
Are You a Boy or Are You A Girl by Sarah Savage
Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
My Family,Your Family, Our Families by Emma Carlson Berne
Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Danbi Leads The School Parade by Anna Kim
Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor