New Children’s Books Focus on Diversity, Gender Issues + Giveaway

Win these Canadian Children's books
Win these Canadian Children's books

When I was a child, I enjoyed books such as Winnie The Pooh, Dr. Seuss, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Beatrix Potter, etc. Many of these books are classics that are enjoyed by children today. In fact, my young nieces and nephews enjoy having these books read to them too! (See book giveaway details below.)

There are, however, so many new children’s books on the market that introduce kids to contemporary concepts such as cultural diversity and gender differences. I think it’s a great idea to introduce young children to a variety of books so that they can develop critical thinking skills, learn to be open-minded and become exposed to a variety of ideas.

Below are three new children’s books that will introduce your kids to Chinese culture, Iranian culture and gender differences. These books would make great holiday gifts. We’re giving away copies of each book to one lucky reader!

Win these new Children's books
Win these new Children’s books

My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee, pictures by Elaine Chen

This is a really charming story about a young Chinese girl named May whose mother takes her to spend the day with her Gong Gong (maternal grandfather). Her Gong Gong takes her to Chinatown, but May is concerned that she will not enjoy her day because he does not speak English. This is a lovely book with large pictures suitable for ages 3-6. Kids will enjoy reading or being read to about May’s adventures during her visit. You can purchase this book published by Annick Press for $21.95 at Chapters Indigo or

Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, art by Anna Bron

This book will teach kids about the joys of cooking, as well as the struggles of people learning a second language. Salma and her mother are new immigrants to Vancouver. Her mother is busy attending English classes and job interviews while waiting for her husband to join them in Canada. Salma wants to cook a Syrian meal to cheer her mother up, however, she doesn’t know how to make their favourite meal or what the recipe ingredients are called in English. Fortunately, staff and friends at the Welcome Centre she visits are happy to lend a hand. You can purchase this book published by Annick Press for $21.95 at Chapters Indigo or

The Name I Call Myself by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John

In this book about self-acceptance and unconditional love, Ari, takes a gender journey, initiated by the realization that they would prefer not to be called by their birth name Edward. They also learn that they prefer to play with dolls and have long hair despite their father’s objections. They later play hockey but would prefer to be trying on their mother’s dresses. When puberty hits, they shave their face to have smooth skin like the girls. You can purchase this book published by Arsenal Pulp Press for $19.95 at Chapters Indigo or

Enter Our Giveaway to Win a Copy of Each of These Books, total value $67

Open to Canada only, 18+


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  1. Printed books but getting in more digital books now that my son is doing virtual kindergarten- teachers are using digital resources and he likes to reread.

  2. I prefer paper books for myself and my children. There’s definitely a place for e-books, but it’s just not the same. There’s no good way to engage my children in reading without a physical book.

  3. I love them both, for travelling digital works best, less to carry at home there is nothing like a printed copy.

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