Books to explore identity, diversity, community and equality with pupils. Great for #SMSC


by Michael Foreman 2010 Walker Books Ltd ISBN: 978-1406325881
For a boy in the midst of poverty and war, nurturing a tiny green plant shoot has far reaching effects in this simple, universal fable of hope and connection.

By Fiona Roberton ISBN-13: 978-1444916720
‘A Tale of Two Beasts’ is a great book to help children grasp the idea that we all see life from a different perspective. It contains two stories – The Strange Beast’ and the ‘The Terrible Beast’. The child in the story assumes she knows what the animal wants – but never asks.

by John Kelly and Steph Laberis ISBN 978-1848694361
This is a great Key Stage 1 resource to explore inclusion and acceptance. It is easy to feel left out or excluded in the playground. Duck wants to join a club and his application is denied. He sets up a new club where all are welcome.

By Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross ISBN: 978-1402763465

A great book for Philosophical Conversations about seeing life from different perspectives.

Amnesty ISBN 10: 184780453
This inspirational book from Amnesty following We Are All Born Free, contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of freedom, from the freedom to learn and have an education to the freedom to have a home, to feel safe and the freedom to be yourself.

‘Every Child a Song’ by Nicola Davies was written to celebrate 30 years since UNCRC (United Nations Convention Rights of the Child) was introduced. 



by Libby Walden and Richard Jones ISBN-13 978-1848575080
Explore a world of emotions with this stunning peep-through picture book.

by Giles Andreae ISBN13: 9780439287197
Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. Eventually Gerald learns to celebrate his own abilities and have confidence in himself.

by Carole McCloud 2015 Bucket Fillers ISBN-10: 099609993X
Through a simple story this heart-warming book encourages positive behaviour as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love.

by Oliver Jeffers 2017 HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks ISBN-10: 0008266166
In this wonderfully illustrated book, Jeffers takes his readers on a tour of Earth where he manages to encapsulate key messages of acceptance, kindness and caring for the planet (and its inhabitants) in a simple yet effective way.

by Ed Vere ISBN 9780525578055
How to be a Lion is a thoughtful, challenging and intriguing book that really affirms quiet courageous voices. We are recommending the book for Primary Linking Classes thinking about ‘How do we all live together?’.

I am I


by Marie -Louise Fitzpatrick 2006 Roaring Book Press ISBN: 978-1-596430540
I Am I is a memorable and stimulating text on the power of words. We use this book in the classroom to challenge children to think the ways in which people can hurt others with words and explore alternatives as part of the schools linking year to explore How we all live together.