Here are books that we recommend to help you explore identity, diversity, community and equality with your pupils on schools linking programmes or in your own school. All of these books are excellent for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

This book list shares details of the books used or made reference to in TLN’s teaching resources and linking activities.

This truly great book of poems is excellent for building empathy and understanding and affirming positive ways of relating to ourselves and others.

This book ’empowers young readers to learn about children around the globe and ponder their own place in it.’ Page after page that have their place in the primary classroom for classes who are linking – and classes who are thinking about global issues.

Can I Join Your Club by John Kelly and Steph Laberis 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.

We really like the line repeated throughout the book- we all live under the same sky which builds through this book for young children and we have just written a series of classroom lessons inspired by the book.