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


By Kathryn Cave & Chris Riddell 1995 Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0140549072
A great picture book to explore ‘fitting in’, how we fit into different groups and the way we include people who join us.

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.

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 Oliver Jeffers 2012 HarperCollins Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-00-742066-7
This book is a great story all about allowing and valuing diversity and individuality and freedom. It is a core text for the Autumn term of the primary linking year.

The Island


By Armen Greder 2008 Allen & Unwin ISBN: 978-1741752663
The Island is a powerful picture book about refugees, xenophobia, social politics, social contact and human rights. It tackles big themes with a fable-like text and artwork that will provoke discussion for upper primary and secondary school levels about issues that remain so much a part of our national discourse.

By Michael Morpurgo 2010 Walker Books Ltd ISBN: 978-1-406326031
A television reporter’s extraordinary experience in the West Bank reveals how children’s hopes and dreams for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.

By Jeanette Winter ISBN-13: 978-0152054458. 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.

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 Marcus Pfister ISBN-13: 978-3314015441

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 Linda Sarah ISBN-13: 978-1471119255
This book is an excellent primary read for anyone wanting to weave caring for the environment into their primary school linking class visits. Caring about something beyond ourselves and having a shared goal is a great way to form confident connections with others.

The Wild Book


By Margarita Engle 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 978-0547581316
The Wild Book is a vibrant novel in verse, which paints a glowing portrait of the author’s grandmother as a young girl. These activities engage students in discussions around the potential barriers to learning, concepts of hope and a sense of belonging.