Books to explore identity, diversity, community and equality with pupils. Great for #SMSC
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.
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 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?’.
By Jonathan Emmett & Nathan Reed 2004 Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0007141210
What Friends do Best is a story about perseverance, sharing and friendship. The school system increasingly recognises and rewards individual achievements. Sometimes however, there are things that are much harder to achieve working alone than they are if working together with others.
This is an excellent book which can be used to start a classroom conversation about the power of words and the importance of choosing them carefully if we want to have a positive impact and not hurt others. In the context of real concern about Hate Crime statistics for 11-17 year olds the content of this book provides a good way to teach and open up dialogue with primary age children about words.