Last modified: 28 May 2017

To students at Berlin Cosmopolitan School, tolerance means being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others. (Ellwood 199).

Below are a selection of books that demonstrate tolerance. Some may already be located in your classroom collections, otherwise you will find a link to the record in our catalog showing the location inside the library.


Anno, Mitsumasa, and Raymond Briggs. All in a Day. 1st U.S.A. ed. New York: Philomel Books, 1986. Print.

Brief text and illustrations by ten internationally well-known artists reveal a day in the lives of children in eight different countries showing the similarities and differences and emphasizing the commonality of humankind.

Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain Bears’ New Neighbors. The Berenstain Bears. Toronto: Random House, 1994. Print.

Papa Bear learns a lesson in the importance of acceptance when a new family of pandas moves in across the road.

Couric, Katie, and Marjorie Priceman. The Brand New Kid. New York: Scholastic, 2001. Print.

Lazlo, who has just moved to the United States from Hungary, is ostracized at school until two girls have the courage to befriend him.

Feder, Paula Kurzband, and Stacey Schuett. The Feather-Bed Journey. Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company, 1995. Print.

As she tries to repair a torn feather pillow, Grandma tells about her childhood in Poland, about the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II, and about the origin of this special pillow.

PĂ©rez, L. King, and Robert Casilla. First Day in Grapes. 1st ed. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2002. Print.

When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

Velthuijs, Max. Frog and the Stranger. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Tambourine Books, 1994. Print.

When a strange rat sets up camp in the woods, Frog’s friends are very suspicious and unfriendly because he seems so different from them.

Nettleton, Pamela Hill. Getting Married When It’s Not Your First Time : An Etiquette Guide and Wedding Planner. 1st ed. New York: Quill, 2001. Print.

Addresses the unique problems and challenges of encore weddings, discussing the etiquette issues involved in announcing an engagement, inviting former in-laws, avoiding fashion errors, handling gifts, and including children in the wedding ceremony.

Gorp, et al. Gorp’s Dream : A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park. 2003. Print.

Gorp dreams of a world where everyone lives together in harmony… no more teasing, hating, bullying, or meanness.

Fritz, Jean, and Margot Tomes. Homesick : My Own Story. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1982. Print.

The author’s fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920’s.

Schuette, Sarah L., Gail Saunders-Smith, and Madonna M. Murphy. I Am Tolerant. Character Values. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2005. Print.

Simple text and photographs illustrate how children can be tolerant.

Parr, Todd. It’s Okay to Be Different. 1st ed. Boston: Little Brown, 2001. Print.

Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are “okay,” such as “It’s Okay to be a different color,” “It’s Okay to need some help,” “It’s Okay to be adopted,” and “It’s Okay to have a Different nose.”

McGovern, Ann, and Marni Backer. The Lady in the Box. 1st ed. New York: Turtle Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1997. Print.

When Lizzie and Ben discover a homeless lady living in their neighborhood, they must reconcile their desire to help her with their mother’s admonition not to talk to strangers.

Kraus, Robert, and Jose Aruego. Leo the Late Bloomer. New York: Scholastic, 1971. Print.

Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents.

Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2001. Print.

After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

Nye, Naomi Shihab, and Nancy Carpenter. Sitti’s Secrets. 1st Aladdin paperbacks ed. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997. Print.

A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.

LaMachia, John. So What Is Tolerance Anyway? A Student’s Guide to American Civics. 1st ed. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2000. Print.

Examines the importance of practicing tolerance for others, the causes and effects of prejudice and discrimination, and the problems that may occur when people are intolerant.

Marzollo, Jean, and Blanche Sims. Soccer Sam. Step into Reading. A Step 3 Book. New York: Random House, 1987. Print.

Sam’s cousin from Mexico comes for an extended visit and teaches Sam and all the second graders to play soccer.

Cave, Kathryn, and Chris Riddell. Something Else. London: Viking, 1994. Print.

Something Else tries to be like the others, but everything he does just shows how different he is; then one day Something turns up and wants to be friends. Suggested level: junior.

Reynolds, Betty. Tokyo Friends = Tokyo No Tomodachi. 1st ed. North Clarendon, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1998. Print.

Labeled pictures and the story of an American girl living in Tokyo introduce the names of everyday objects in Japanese, romanized Japanese, and English, as well as the differences between American and Japanese customs.

Miller, Connie Colwell. Tolerance. First Facts. Everyday Character Education. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2006. Print.

“Introduces tolerance through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used”–Provided by publisher.

Raatma, Lucia, and Madonna M. Murphy. Tolerance. Character Education. Mankato, Minn.: Bridgestone Books, 2000. Print.

Describes tolerance as a virtue and suggests ways in which it can be recognized and practiced.

Scheunemann, Pam. Tolerance. United We Stand. Edina, Minn.: ABDO Pub. Co., 2003. Print.

Discusses the nature of tolerance, which means accepting people no matter what they look like, how they live, what they like, or how they do things.

DePaola, Tomie. Watch out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup. Treehouse Paperbacks. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1974. Print.

Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

Shriver, Maria, and Sandra Speidel. What’s Wrong with Timmy? Boston: Warner Books, 2001. Print.

Making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps Kate learn that the two of them have a lot in common.

Shea, Pegi Deitz, Anita Riggio, and You Yang. The Whispering Cloth : A Refugee’s Story. 1st ed. Honesdaly, Pa.: Boyds Mills Press, 1994. Print.

A young girl in a Thai refugee camp finds the story within herself to create her own pa’ndau.

Fox, Mem, and Leslie Staub. Whoever You Are. 1st ed. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

Simon, Norma, and Dora Leder. Why Am I Different? Concept Books. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 1976. Print.

“Portrays everyday situations in which children see themselves as “different” in family life, preferences, and aptitudes, and yet feel that being different is all right.”–Title page verso.

Myers, Christopher. Wings. New York: Scholastic Press, 2000. Print.

Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings, but his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him.

Wells, Rosemary. Yoko. 1st ed. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1998. Print.

When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats–until one of them tries it for himself.


Ellwood, Caroline, and Malcolm Davis. International Mindedness : A Professional Development Handbook for International Schools. London: Optimus education, 2009. Print.