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Diverse Voices

Our earliest perceptions of the world and its cultures are shaped by the books we read and it is essential that children see a true reflection of our society in the literature recommended and available to them. An absence of an inclusive range of role models or characters in our books risks deterring children from minority backgrounds from the joy and enrichment that a love of reading can bring. At LoveReading4Schools we have always championed diversity and celebrated books where all children can find themselves reflected. Here is a selection of books we've loved over the years, consolidated into one easy to browse location

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Key Stage 4

Author: Jason Reynolds Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Winner of UKLA Shortlist Book Awards 2019 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 | Will is only fifteen but he’s experienced more violence and loss than most people might in an entire lifetime. His big brother Shawn was recently shot dead, right in front of him, but as “everybody knows”, “gunshots make everybody/deaf and blind especially/when they make somebody/dead”. While his mom mourns, “sobbing into her palms”, Will knows what he has to do. He must follow the three rules: No crying. No snitching. Revenge. Armed with Shawn’s gun, Will heads down six floors in an elevator on his revenge mission, thinking he knows exactly who he’s going after. When the “spooky ass” elevator stops at each floor and ghosts from the past step into the “vertical coffin”, doubts set in as Will is presented with more facts and finally comes face to face with some big choices (do some rules need to be broken? Does he want out of the cycle?), and more besides. The writing is crisp, clever and dazzlingly compact, with a whole family history and personally-charged societal issues conveyed with powerful precision. The line and page breaks are perfectly constructed, words and phrases frequently have multiple meanings, and Chris Priestley’s raw and resonant illustrations are hauntingly powerful.

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Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Key Stage 1

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Join Betsey on four short, sun-filled adventures as she learns you don't have to be big to make a big difference.

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Author: Deborah Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A compelling and engrossing story about a girl living in war-torn Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to save her mother and sisters from starvation. Every day, it is a fight for survival.

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Where's Lenny?

Where's Lenny?

Author: Ken Wilson-Max Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  An ideal first picture book by an award-winning author/illustrator in which Lenny and his dad have a game of hide and seek in the house, enjoying fun and games together.

The Life of Stephen Lawrence

The Life of Stephen Lawrence

Key Stage 3

Author: Verna Allette Wilkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Full of life and potential, Stephen Lawrence was a boy with huge hopes for the future.  Murdered in 1993, the book looks at prejudice, injustice and a family's fight to uncover the truth.

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Ramadan Moon

Ramadan Moon

Key Stage 1

Author: Na'ima B. Robert Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. | A joyful evoction of the great Muslim festival of Ramadan and Id for children. Written and illustrated by Muslims, this is a book for all children who celebrate Ramadan and those in the wider communities who want to understand why this is such a special experience for Muslims.

Mirror

Mirror

Key Stage 1

Author: Jeannie Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  A two-in-one picture book that comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously - one from the left, the other from the right. It lets you experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco. A powerful book, Mirror illustrates how our lives reflect each other and that we are all, even in some small way, connected.

Kasia's Surprise

Kasia's Surprise

Key Stage 1

Author: Stella Gurney Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  This is a heartwarming story about a feisty young Polish girl determined to be unhappy in her new life in England - but who finds herself settling in despite herself.

Moonfleece

Moonfleece

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2010

Moonfleece is an intense and thrilling exploration of memory and identity, and is the most directly political play to date by leading playwright Philip Ridley. Set in an abandoned council flat, Moonfleece centres on a young, right-wing activist forced to reassess his personal and political beliefs.

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Handa's Surprise

Handa's Surprise

Early Years

Author: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2009

This is a bestselling picture book - brought to life with an animated DVD!A Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend Akeyo. Which fruit will Akeyo like best, she wonders. After a long walk to the next village, the answer turns out to be a big surprise! Walker Books have collaborated with King Rollo Films to create this gently animated DVD packaged together with the classic picture book. Read by Adjoa Andoh ( Casualty and Doctor Who ), with specially composed music, this is an innovative combination that will delight and entertain young viewers again and again. Fun and engaging, this innovative set will help develop reading skills and is ideal for sharing at home or in the classroom.

Leon and Bob

Leon and Bob

Key Stage 1

Author: Simon James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2008

An urban tale about a boy and his imaginary friend. Bob is Leon's best friend. He shares Leon's room. Everywhere Leon goes, Bob goes too. Then one day a boy moves in next door. But when Leon goes to ask his new neighbour to go to the park with him, he discovers Bob has gone.

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

Key Stage 3

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

When Keith gets a new foster brother, he's not too happy about it. But when this boy won't talk to him, Keith realizes that things are going to be much harder than he originally thought. And it's not just Keith who Donovan won't speak to - he won't speak to anybody at all. The other kids at school take Donovan's silence to be a sign of a bad attitude and start to bully him. Keith knows he has to stick up for him, but that means the bullies are just going to pick on him too ...

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A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers

Key Stage 3

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  The youngest member of a collective of pick pockets and con-artists in 18 Century London, Cato Hopkins appears at risk of paying penance with his life...

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So Much

So Much

Author: Trish Cooke Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Mum and the baby are at home, doing nothing spectacular, when the doorbell rings. It's Aunt Biba, and she wants to play with the baby so much. Then Uncle Didi comes, followed by practically the whole family, and they all want to hug and play with baby.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Early Years

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2007

Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan , Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black...But Grace's Ma and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it...

The Island

The Island

Key Stage 2

Author: Armin Greder Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2007

The Island is an astonishing and powerful picture book about refugees, xenophobia, multiculturalism, social politics and human rights. It tackles big themes in subtle ways with a fable-like text and stunning artwork that will provoke discussion for upper primary and secondary school levels about issues that remain so much a part of our national discourse.

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Half-Caste and Other Poems

Half-Caste and Other Poems

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2005

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. One of the the UK's top performance poets explores issues of race and identity in this classic collection.

Rastamouse and the Crucial Plan

Rastamouse and the Crucial Plan

Early Years

Author: Michael De Souza Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2004

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.    A cheeky, cheese-filled tale about super bad thief Bandalulu who has stolen all the cheese from Mouseland.

The Colour of Home

The Colour of Home

Key Stage 1

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2003

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

Palestine

Palestine

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Author: Joe Sacco, Edward W. Said Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2003

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.   An extraordinary piece of current affairs reportage told in graphic novel form and recounting the conflict in the West Bank and Gaza strip.

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Fly, Eagle, Fly!

Fly, Eagle, Fly!

Key Stage 1

Author: Christopher Gregorowski, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2001

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.    A story of fulfilment and freedom shown through the parable of the baby eagle who is reared with chickens.

Not So Fast Songololo

Not So Fast Songololo

Key Stage 1

Author: Niki Daly Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2001

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  When Songololo's grandmother, Gogo, plans a shopping trip to the big city, he has to help her cope with all the hustle and bustle. It's all worthwhile, because at the end of the day there is a wonderful surprise in store for him.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters An African Tale

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters An African Tale

Key Stage 2

Author: John Steptoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1997

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  This special book has a fairy tale like charm as a King takes on the search for a wife.  Mufaro has two daughters, one rude and mean and the other generous and thoughtful. Which will win the hand of the King?

Talking Turkeys

Talking Turkeys

Key Stage 2

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/1995

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  A thought provoking and wide reaching collection of poetry for children that explodes from the page begging to be read aloud.  

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Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2001

Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing...A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah

Wheel of Surya

Wheel of Surya

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2001

The dramatic first volume in the Surya Trilogy by Whitbread award-winning author of Coram Boy, Jamila Gavin. India, August 1947: Fleeing from their burnt-out village as civil war rages in the Punjab, Marvinder and Jaspal are separated from their mother, Jhoti. Marvinder has already saved her brother's life once, but now they both face a daily fight for survival. Together they escape across India and nearly halfway around the world to England, to find a father they hardly know in a new, hostile culture... A story touching on culture, class, faith and family set against the backdrop of Indian independence and the Partition of India and Pakistan. No children's books about India conveys these issues and themes with the effortless ease of Jamila Gavin. Her diverse voice is the perfect introduction to this period of history, for fans of The Bone Sparrow, Morris Gleitzman's Once, and Katherine Rundell's The Wolf Wilder.

The Arrival

The Arrival

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2014

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey. THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one. - The Times It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike. - The Observer Read more about The Arrival at www.thearrival.com.au Find out more about Shaun Tan at http://www.shauntan.net

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