Books are powerful. What children read (and watch for that matter) helps shape their values and beliefs, and we want children to grow into adults with minds and spirits capable of creating a better future. This means reading stories that develop awareness and critical thinking, that are truly representative of people, feelings and the world, and that help children realise their potential.

We asked our friends at Little Box of Books to tell us their top 10 books for children. Little Box of Books champion books that reflect the diversity of the UK population. They find the story books that show diversity in race, culture, family set up, books that disrupt gender and disability stereotypes. This is so that more children see themselves in the books they read, and to help all children to better understand the world and their place in it. The following books will help children to understand, expect and celebrate diversity and will encourage a growth mindset, helping them to believe they can do anything they put their mind to.

1.Super Duper You by Sophy Henn

We are all a jumble of lots of different things. We can’t be put in a box. This book celebrates all the wonderful things that make us exactly who we are. 0-5 year olds

2. All Sorts by Pippa Goodhart

Frankie likes to organise things but when it comes to sorting out humans she finds it an impossible task. Our diversity and creativity make us wonderfully un-sort-out-able! 0-5 year olds

3. Just Like You by Jo Loring-Fisher

A beautiful book focusing on how wonderfully similar we all are but how our circumstances can make our lives so very different. A book that teaches empathy and compassion. 2-5 year olds

4. Rosa’s Big Sunflower Experiment by Jessica Spanyol

Growing big sunflowers takes a lot of care and attention and Rosa and her friends want to get it right. This story is about working together to get great results. 2-5 year olds

5. Dig Dig Dig by Wenda Shurety and Andrea Stegmaier

Jake wants to know what’s at the other side of the world so he decides to dig. He and a group of very determined friends work together to make it happen. 4-7 year olds

6. Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall Jabari wants to make a flying machine but it’s testing his patience and his inventing skills. This story is all about trying things, failing, learning and trying again. A great lesson for all children (and adults!) 4-7 year olds

7. A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

This wonderful story is about an autistic girl, Addie who seeks to right the wrongs of the past, campaigning for her village to understand that difference isn’t always a bad thing. 8-11 year olds.

8. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Is a story about overcoming adversity and making good decisions to achieve what you want to achieve. 8-11 years

9. You Me, Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean

12 year old Archie’s parents have split up and they’re not doing a very good job of hiding how much they dislike each other. But it’s a lot more complicated than that, isn’t it… A story about navigating family difficulties and letting people be whoever they want to be.

10. Agent Asha – Mission Shark Bytes

Asha has a small mission when she joins the spy agency…she only has to save the internet. Bravery, courage and determination help Asha take on criminals and triumph in this brilliant adventure story . 5-12 year olds. For subscriptions, one-off gift boxes and boxes of wonderful books for schools, head to and use code LITTLECOOKSBOOKS20 to receive 20% off your first monthly box.

April 04, 2021

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