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Disability

Disability

Upbeat portrayals of children of all abilities getting on with their busy, fun-filled lives. Along with the wider disability movement, we try as much as possible to ensure that our disabilities books aren't 'about' disability but instead present disabled children 'casually', as a natural part of the landscape. Do remember that we also stock many disabilities titles outside of this pack. Just click on the Disabilities section when searching by theme!

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Mixed Race Families

Mixed Race Families

The glorious diversity of family life! Books which reflect and celebrate our many different family structures including representations of single parent families, same sex parents, adoptees, step-parents, mixed race families- and books which explore life-changing family events such as a new arrival...

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Food & Fitness

Food & Fitness

Balanced, non-judgemental and fun approaches to getting active and healthy eating- we really do know how to make fruit and veg look absolutely, scrumptiously, irresistible!

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Bullying

Bullying

An empowering and sophisticated collection of books addressing bullying in all its forms and from the perspectives of both bullies and the bullied. Anti-bullying titles are surprisingly hard to find, so we have searched high and low for you!

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Black History

Black History

Every month should be Black History month! Famous for our Black History selections, this dazzling collection includes both historical and contemporary icons from the anti-slavery, civil rights and anti-racist movements. We strive for a good gender balance in this pack and we work very hard, often against the odds, to include as much Black British History as possible. We think we're doing pretty well..!

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Refugees & Migration

Refugees & Migration

Moving and affirmative narratives of new arrivals, refugees and migrants, with a strong focus on the UK. A clever combination of real life stories and imaginative fiction which challenge preconceptions and give an understanding of what it is like to start over in a new country.

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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Girls and boys get to jump over gender stereotypes..and be themselves! A joyful bookshelf of stories which embraces emotionally intelligent, thoughtful boys and feisty, active girls. Encourages children to feel free with their role play and with their ambitions. You will never find a passive, sequined princess in this pack!

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Bereavement

Bereavement

Sensitive and soothing stories and resources which give children the tools to cope with loss and grief. Includes children's 'typical' first experiences such as the loss of a pet and the death of a grandparent but whenever possible we offer much harder to find titles such as those dealing with the death of a parent, sibling or friend.

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Feelings

Feelings

A superb collection of books designed to help children manage their feelings and develop a positive sense of themselves. Includes both stories and resource books; explores everything from feeling crotchety to super-sunny!

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Fostering & Adoption

Fostering & Adoption

Affirming and positive portrayals of families which include adopted and fostered children. All have been carefully vetted by our expert social worker reviewers. Representations of fostering specifically are notoriously hard to find in books for pre-teen children but we include these wherever possible.

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I Can Make A Difference!

I Can Make A Difference!

From eco warriors to civil rights activists, we celebrate and honour children and young people (both real and fictional) who have made a stand, bringing lasting transformations to their families, communities and the environment. Truly life-affirming!

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LGBT

LGBT

A hard selection to make given that, tragically, so many books showing LGBT characters go out of print as quickly as they come in... Publishers take note; the demand is out there! This section includes books with LGBT leads as well as books which are more 'incidental' in their representations ie: books about families which include LGBT parents in the mix. We also stock bios. of historical figures and contemporary role models who we now know identified as LGBT but if this isn't mentioned in the text itself, you won't find them in this section. Fingers crossed- this section will blossom and grow as publishers recognise the need out there.

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Making Friends

Making Friends

Wonderful stories of children forging first friendships and friendships across social divides as well as positive narratives about confronting challenges such as exclusion and peer pressure.

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A Unique Child

A Unique Child

A thoughtful selection which recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured (EYFS Framework). Fiction and non-fiction books perfectly suited to exploring identity, inclusion, our differences, our similarities- and for instilling confidence and pride in every child.

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Looking After The Planet

Looking After The Planet

Books with earth-hugging Green credentials! Perfect for opening children's eyes to the beauties of the natural world and for introducing practical steps that little ones can take to protect the environment.

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Family Break Up

Family Break Up

We are famous for sourcing books which deal realistically and yet reassuringly with separation and divorce. Child-centred fiction and non-fiction which really gets to the heat of children's anxieties in the face of family breakdown.

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Families

Families

The glorious diversity of family life! Books which reflect and celebrate our many different family structures including representations of single parent families, same sex parents, adoptees, step-parents, mixed race families- and books which explore life-changing family events such as a new arrival...

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Peace & Conflict

Peace & Conflict

Books which address the complexities of peace and conflict in accessible, thoughtful and, ultimately, inspiring way. Includes age-appropriate narratives of civil conflicts, wars and forced migrations as well as clever stories about how our personal acts of peace and aggression resonate with the global.

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Anti-Slavery Narratives

Anti-Slavery Narratives

Powerful histories of enslavement and the defiance, courage and bravery of those remarkable men and women who escaped and campaigned for freedom. Largely biographical accounts.

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