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.


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.

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

by Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow ISBN-13: 978-1509854509
This truly great book of poems is excellent for building empathy and understanding and affirming positive ways of relating to ourselves and others.

by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma, David Dean ISBN 978-1782852964
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.

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 Britta Teekentrup ISBN 978-1848577411
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.

by Marcus Pfister ISBN-13: 978-3314015441

by Melanie Walsh ISBN: 9780552550550
Pierre says ‘bonjour’. George says ‘hello’. But . . . they both say ‘achoo!’ when they sneeze. The world is full of all sorts of people, speaking different languages and living different kinds of lives, and this book can help young children understand and become comfortable with ideas of both similarity and difference.

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?’.

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