Sometimes at the library, I go directly to the "new picture book" shelf and check out whatever seems interesting. Among the stack I brought home the other day, one stood out: The Little Red Stroller.
It's a delightful story about diversity told through the journey of a little red stroller. At first, the stroller belongs to Luna, who's just a baby on the first page. As she grows, she has adventures in the stroller: to school, the playground, the pizza place.
One day, Luna's neighbor expresses a wish for a stroller like Luna's. Luna realizes she's too big for the little red stroller and hands it down to Ernie, who goes on his own adventures.
As each stroller occupant grows, he or she passes along the stroller to another family. Kids will love following the stroller as it goes from a Japanese garden to a pirate treasure hunt to a farm, a Halloween parade and many other places.
What I love most about this book is the way it subtly handles diversity. The stroller is loved by a family with two mommies, a Muslim family and a single mother, among others. Each family looks different and takes the stroller different places, but they all use it to travel to fun places with their children.
The little red stroller also has a fantastic ending, which I'm not going to give away in the hopes that you'll pick up this heartwarming book for yourself!
Noodle.com has some interesting activities for teaching young children about diversity.
For more perfect picture books, check out Susanna Hill's blog.