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 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.

The Cloud


by Hannah Cumming 2010 Child’s Play ISBN: 978-1-84643-343-6
Everyone has bad days, and children are no exception. When a black cloud descends on a little girl at school, support from a classmate with a great deal of imagination helps to brighten up everyone’s lives.

by David Lucas 2015 Flying Eye Books ISBN-10: 190926350
This Is My Rock is a powerful thought provoking tale for us all and can be used in linking sessions helping children consider the impact of our thoughts and words on others and ultimately on ourselves.

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 Maya Ajmera 2001 Charlesbridge Publishing ISBN: 0-88106-841-1
To be a Kid is filled with beautiful photographs celebrating children as they play and learn, as they spend time with their friends and family, and as they discover their environment and the world.

by Benjamin Zephaniah ISBN: 978-0711219021
A poetry collection from the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, celebrating the diversity of British society. We Are Britain is a fascinating and fun collection which we have used with children to explore ‘Who Am I?’, ‘Who Are We?’ ‘Where do we live? and ‘How Do We All Live Together?’.

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.

by Linda Kranz Taylor Trade Books ISBN: 10: 1589797485
“There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place…” This beautiful little book is full of simple yet powerful wisdom relevant for us all. Only One You is a book with a strong message about individual liberty and equality we want all our children to make their own.