Diverse Books about Movers, Shakers, and Change-Makers

Who are our future leaders? They are the kids who ask questions, get dirty, problem-solve, take things apart, and put them back together. 

They are peacemakers and change-makers. They are bold, brave, and not afraid to try again.

Our future leaders will come in all shapes and sizes, but they will all have one thing in common: an insatiable hunger to learn

Books are an excellent way to encourage and feed that hunger. Diverse books that will nurture an adventurous spirit will inspire kids to go out and explore the world and infuse them with curiosity and wonder.

Books that encourage them to ask “why” when they are told, “because that’s the way it has always been done.”

Multicultural books are a concrete step you can take right now to help your child adventure into our global world without fear, be curious, value what unites us, and celebrate the differences that make us unique.~Janelle and Lisa: Creators of the Pack-N-Go Girls book series.

Since we are immersed in the summer reading season, here are some Diverse Books about Movers and Shakers.

Diverse Books about Movers, Shakers, and Change-Makers

As long-time supporters of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the Pack-N-Go Girls will always have a special place in our hearts. Created by two powerhouse moms who both come from a leadership background, this easy-reader chapter book series was designed to inspire girls to discover the world. To be curious. To be independent. To value what unites them. And to celebrate the differences that make them unique.  Check them out here and read the inspiring story of the co-creators on the MCBD Blog.

The TuTu Teacher has an excellent list of picture books that honor leaders and IBPOC change-makers and thought leaders from all over the world here.

There are so many other great values that kids can learn from sports including things like teamwork, leadership, and being a good follower.

Mia from Pragmaticmom shares a moving story about the day she asked her middle daughter if she knew the names of any Asian-American female athletes or any books about them. When her daughter couldn’t recall any, Mia (who is also one of Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s co-founders!) knew she needed to make sure this was remedied immediately.  “I knew these athletes did exist; they just were not being talked about.”

The result was her newest book, Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes.

Within the pages of this book, readers will meet the 18 Asian Pacific American Female Athletes who excel at a range of sports and represent many Asian ethnicities. This book is pages and pages of inspiring stories of athletes that overcame barriers and refused to take “no” for an answer.

Who do you feel are positive role models for the next generation?

Keep Calm and Read On!

Becky Flansburg



Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.


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