Here are books that we recommend to help you explore identity, diversity, community and equality with your pupils in your own school or as part of a linking programme. All are excellent for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.


Based on a true story – Alia Muhammad Baker is the librarian in Basra, Iraq. For years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books . When war arrives Alia struggles to save her community’s priceless collection of books … a book for every school library.

This book wonderfully explain and illustrates Human Rights in practice with powerful images of each right in practice in the positive. Haven’t used this book yet but can’t wait to share with children and young people.

By Kate Jane Neal ISBN-13: 978-1471168536
This is an excellent book which can be used to start a classroom conversation about the power of words and the importance of choosing them carefully if we want to have a positive impact and not hurt others. In the context of real concern about Hate Crime statistics for 11-17 year olds the content of this book provides a good way to teach and open up dialogue with primary age children about words.
‘One of our deepest needs is relationship. We know that when we feel valued, supported or loved the world is a safer place. When we feel rejected, alone, judged or unloved it gets scary. I believe that the school classroom is a community and every community has a culture. Cultures can be taught and caught, and my hope is to be a part of shaping environments that help children be happier in school and at home.’ Kate Neal

by Linda Kranz ISBN: 9781589796669
You Be You continues the story of Adri begun in Only One You. You Be You is equally helpful and insightful in a primary classroom and as a shared stimulus for primary linking classes especially for art and dialogue work during class visits.

by Ann Jungman and Shelley Fowles ISBN: 9781845070854
Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three boys: Rashid, who is Muslim, Samuel who is Jewish and Miguel who is Christian. Ann Jungman’s story demonstrates what can be achieved when people work together and don’t waste energy hating each other.

by Eric Carle 2010 ISBN: 978-01413322031
The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, by Eric Carle, tells the story of a ladybird who does not want to share his aphids, with the distinctive images that Carle is famous for. We use this book a long side Emma McCann’s book Munch for our KS1 activity, What’s In It For Me. Using the two stories, this activity explores the ideas of sharing, helping each other, and understanding that we are all linked.

by Na’ima B Robert and Shirin Adl ISBN: 9781845079222
This beautiful picture book captures the joy and practicalities of this great annual event, from the perspective of a child. This is a book for all children who celebrate Ramadan and those who know them and beyond who want to understand what happens during this celebration.

Abdridged by Chris Van Wyk ISBN: 9780316545853
Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom tells the story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a picture book format.

by Kate Milner ISBN: 9781911370062
The title of the book My Name is not Refugee reaches out with a key message for all. This thoughtful, moving book explains the refugee crisis and lives of children affected displaced in an accessible way.

by Jeannie Baker ISBN: 9781406309140
‘The idea for this book came from my delight travelling in a country very different from my own.’- Jeannie Baker. This story can help children explore the key question, ‘How Do We All Live Together?’ and the ways our lives are interconnected.