All your friends are here!

Choose an Age & Stage

Baby

Toddler

Nursery

School

Also in our family

Puffin

For older readers

General

7 books that celebrate difference

 

Story books can be a fantastic tool to help instil valuable lessons in a fun and approachable way. This book pile celebrates difference in all its forms through lively and aspirational characters and will inspire readers, while also helping to shape little minds.

Elmer by David McKee | Andersen

Elmer isn’t a normal elephant - he’s not ‘elephant colour’. Instead, he’s blue and pink and red and yellow and ermm…. different! Elmer may be unlike his friends but he shows that it’s ok to be unique, because after all - it really doesn’t matter what you look like. This classic tale from 1989 remains wildy relevant in contemporary times, and little ones will fall head-over-heels for Elmer’s fun and kaleidoscopic appearance. 

Families Families Families by Suzanne Lang | Picture Corgi

All creatures great and small are gathered in a whole range of family combinations in this heartwarming collection celebrating non-traditional families. Cleverly assembled as family portraits, the goofy illustrations and laugh out loud rhymes will have kids chuckling, as they discover families come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what your pedigree, if you have two dads, a step mum or even a GIANT grandpa – if you love each other, then you’re a family!

Ladybird I'm Ready... To Explore My World | Ladybird

Travel our big and exciting world in Ladybird I’m Ready….To Explore My World. Packed with lovely pictures featuring twenty different countries, with their cultures and ways of living, it will help little explorers find out more about landmarks, food, music, clothes and languages in all kinds of places around the world. 

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast by Abie Longstaff | Picture Corgi

Bella is the most beautiful girl in Fairy Land. She’s melted the Big Bad Beast’s heart, but how could she ever love someone so ‘beastly’? Part of the popular Fairytale Hairdresser series, this modern twist on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic aide to help demonstrate that beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but it lies on the inside too. 

My World, Your World by Melanie Walsh | Corgi Children

My World, Your World is a beautiful book full of bold and bright colours that celebrates different cultures the world over. Using texture imaginatively alongside simple but eye-catching imagery, this book is a great starting point to discuss differences at a young age. With a central message of solidarity, readers will love flipping through this uplifting story full of positive messages.

Frog and the Stranger by Max Velthuijs | Andersen

It’s not every day a strange new visitor comes to live at the edge of the wood.  The other animals aren’t too sure about their new neighbour, Rat. But friendly by nature Frog decides to make friends with the new arrival to find out what kind of rat Rat really is. Frog soon realises the animals were far too quick to judge kind-hearted Rat. This is a gentle story about difference, acceptance and reaching out to new and unexpected friends.

Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman | Andersen

Michael is a keen surfer who just loves to hit the waves. One day, he and his grandfather stumble upon a baby seal on the beach, and a special friendship develops between the unlikely acquatic duo. The pair grow up together, free on the open ocean. That is, until one day, Michael gets into trouble on the rough seas – but his flippered friend comes to the rescue and saves the day. This sentimental tale chooses not to dwell on the fact that Michael has a disability and is a wheelchair-user, instead focusing on all of the fantastic things he can do. Seal Surfer shows that almost anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.  

You might like