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