Books

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.

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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.

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.

I am I

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by Marie -Louise Fitzpatrick 2006 Roaring Book Press ISBN: 978-1-596430540
I Am I is a memorable and stimulating text on the power of words. We use this book in the classroom to challenge children to think the ways in which people can hurt others with words and explore alternatives as part of the schools linking year to explore How we all live together.

by Michael Foreman 2010 Walker Books Ltd ISBN: 978-1406325881
For a boy in the midst of poverty and war, nurturing a tiny green plant shoot has far reaching effects in this simple, universal fable of hope and connection.

by Oliver Jeffers 2017 HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks ISBN-10: 0008266166
In this wonderfully illustrated book, Jeffers takes his readers on a tour of Earth where he manages to encapsulate key messages of acceptance, kindness and caring for the planet (and its inhabitants) in a simple yet effective way.

The Wild Book

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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.

The Island

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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 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 Bell Hooks ISBN: 978-0786808250
‘The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story.’ ‘At TLN we are so delighted that the Skin Again book is back in print! After introductory work around the questions ‘Who Am I?’ and ‘Who Are We?’ has been undertaken by a class, the text of this book can move the conversation about skin colour forward for children.

by Amnesty International 2008 Frances Lincoln ISBN: 978-1845076504
This picture book illustrating the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great way to think about how we all live together, and should respect each others’ rights.
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by Anthony Browne 1999 Corgi Children’s ISBN: 978-0552545648
Voices in the Park uses story and imagery to tell the story of a shared space through the voices of four different characters. The differing perspectives of each very different character give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores themes such as alienation and anger as well as friendship and hope.

by Ben Morley 2009 Tamarind ISBN: 978-1848530034
This steady, kind story helps key stage 2 children move forward in their empathy and understanding of asylum seekers and is a perfect way to gently open discussion around the refugee crisis. We often use the beginning and end of this book to start a conversation in the classroom and we have known teachers use it with Key Stage 3 pupils.