• A reading list to teach your children about civil equality

    At Holland Park Education, our priority is to help all children reach their full potential with the resources and support they deserve. Never has it been more important than to equip ourselves with knowledge and education in order to provide a brighter future for these children. We have started to compile a list of the best books that promote diversity, individuality and the accomplishments and experiences of all. Watch this space as we will keep adding as we discover more wonderful books to read.

    Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max

    Astrid loves science and dreams of being an astronaut. Her mum leaves to go on a trip and she explores her passion with the help of her dad who encourages her ambitions. This book explores a loving father-daughter relationship, and encourages little girls everywhere to chase their dreams and, literally, shoot for the stars.

    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market

    Adam and his family spend an exciting day at the colourful and bustling Eastern Market. But when Adam gets briefly separated from Mum and Dad, he mistakes a friendly, diverse cast of characters for his parents in their traditional Muslim clothing–and shows that we all have more in common than you might think.

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

    If All the World Were…by Joseph Coelho

    This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent. Accompany a girl and her grandad over spring, summer and autumn. See how he teaches her to imagine, to create, and to enjoy the small things in life, and how, when winter comes, he lives on in her heart.

    Publisher: Francis Lincoln Children’s Books

    Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

    While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. This story explores individual expression, finding ways to feel accepted and embracing your true self.

    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    Only a Tree Knows how to be a Tree by Mary Murphy

    Trees have leaves that turn sunshine into food. Amazing! Birds build nests, sing songs, hatch eggs, and fly. As for people, every person on Earth is different, each with their own thoughts and feelings. With a simple narrative and joyful, welcoming illustrations celebrating a world full of remarkable creatures, Mary Murphy reminds little ones that we are all unique, and that we are the only ones who know how to be us.

    Publisher: Candlewick Press

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