Top 10 Belonging Books

    The Day You Begin
    4.8
    01
    The Day You Begin
    Written by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by Rafael López
    Pebble: A Story About Belonging
    02
    Pebble: A Story About Belonging
    Written and illustrated by Susan Milord
    If There Never Was a You
    03
    If There Never Was a You
    Written by Amanda Rowe & illustrated by Olga Skomorokhova
    The Clown of God
    6.1
    04
    The Clown of God
    Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
    Little Elliot, Big Family
    5.8
    05
    Little Elliot, Big Family
    Written and illustrated by Mike Curato
    Famously Phoebe
    5.8
    06
    Famously Phoebe
    Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
    Room for Bear
    5.6
    07
    Room for Bear
    Written and illustrated by Ciara Gavin
    My Love is For You
    5.5
    08
    My Love is For You
    Written by Susan Musgrave & illustrated by Marilyn Faucher
    Les & Ronnie Step Out
    5.5
    09
    Les & Ronnie Step Out
    Written and illustrated by Andrew Kolb
    Stellaluna
    5.5
    10
    Stellaluna
    Written and illustrated by Janell Cannon

Figuring out our place in the world can be a lifelong process. Much literature has been created on the subject: playwrights have written plays, poets have written poems, and authors have written stories. Fortunately, because it is such a prevalent and pressing question we all work through, publishers have published and republished much of this priceless literature. Children's books are particularly adept at addressing the ideas of belonging and identity. Their messages can help young children, older kids, teens, and adults. On this list we've gathered the best books for kids about belonging. In these titles are many characters with stories about searching for their unique place in the world. Some talk about leaving home and making new friends. Others talk about remembering ourselves and our family heritage. Others address understanding our own identities and being yourself. The list includes board, picture, and chapter books, making it a helpful resource for a range of ages. Board and picture books are wonderful for toddlers through early elementary school age. Adults can also appreciate the powerful messages of these stories. The chapter books on the list are great for elementary and early middle school age kids. As you look at the list, let us know what titles you would add!

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5.5
The Best Kind of Bear
5.4
A Family for Louie
5.2
Otis
5.1
Chocolate Me!
5.0
antiracismbeing yourselfbelongingAfrican Americansprejudice and racism
Where Oliver Fits
5.0
Stumpkin
4.8
The Octopuppy
4.6
Leila in Saffron
4.5
The Bold, Brave Bunny
4.4
Over the Moon
4.3
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
4.0
Love the World
4.0
Bunnybear
3.8
Andrew Henry's Meadow
3.3
The Littlest Bigfoot
Electric Boogerloo: I am Fartacus
And Then...
Fruit Bowl
Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm
Be My Friend
Cuckoo!
5.3
Wolfie the Bunny
5.2
Strictly No Elephants
5.1
Teacup
5.0
Little Cub
5.0
Rumple Buttercup
4.8
What Matters Most
4.6
The Very Lonely Firefly
4.5
Bears on Chairs
4.5
Hello My Name Is . . .
4.4
Koala Is Not a Bear
4.3
Swing
4.0
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings
3.6
The Fly
3.0
Little Bigfoot, Big City
Smoke and Mirrors
Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space
Much Too Much Birthday