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Twenty books to diversify your school library stock

It is crucial that the books we stock in our schools represent our pupils and the world they are growing up in. Sarah Wordlaw offers 20 titles to consider for your primary school library


Representation within literature is extremely important when engaging children in reading. If children can see themselves, they are more interested and invested in stories.

Look at your reading spaces – your school library, book corners and the books you have on display in offices and on windowsills. Which books are there? What further representation do you need?

To help you, here are some ideas of fabulous books to stock your reading spaces with. So get auditing and get ordering!

Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan (illustrated by Sarah Walsh)
Age: 2 to 6 years. First Chronicle Books (2017)
A board book to introduce the idea of religious head covering in different religions. Wonderfully illustrated, with accurate terminology, phonetic pronunciations, and beautiful imagery. There’s an education toolkit too: https://hatsoffaith.com/

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