When creating my picture book BEAUTIFUL, my editor encouraged me to write my definition of the word. I came up with this:
“True beauty is a confidence found in what you do and how you feel. When a girl is doing something kind or challenging or fun, her inner beauty overwhelms her exterior, no matter what she wears or how her hair looks. When a girl feels empowered or strong or smart, the same thing happens”.
Each of these books features female protagonists who demonstrate this true beauty. These characters—whether real or fictional—through their passion, intelligence, and kindness, make the world beautiful.
All of my selections are picture books. The stated age range is 4-8, but I subscribe to the idea that picture books are for all readers, young and young-at-heart.
Diversity Picture Books About True Beauty
1. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman – words by Michelle Edwards, art by G. Brian Karas.
Sophia takes action when she realizes her friend, neighborhood knitter, Mrs. Goldman, does not have a hat of her very own.