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Finding inclusive books

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Most children's books today suitably reflect our multicultural society. However, not so many reflect other forms of diversity, for example the fact that one in five school-age children has special educational needs.

This is especially true of books for very young children. This list aims to help you to find early years books showing positive images of disability, as well as titles that may prove useful in discussing disability and diversity.

  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson

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  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover …

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  • The Animal Boogie

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter

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  • The Animal Boogie

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter

    Boogie along with the jungle inhabitants who flap, shake, flap and slide their way through this colourful book

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  • The Ding-Dong Bag

    Author: Polly Peters Illustrator: Jess Stockham

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  • The Ding-Dong Bag

    Author: Polly Peters Illustrator: Jess Stockham

    The fast-moving and rhythmic text make this great book perfect for reading aloud, and a subtle arm splint on one of the boys is ty…

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  • Susan Laughs

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross

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  • Susan Laughs

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Susan can do so many things - she can laugh, sing, fly, dance, swim and much more. The final page of this wonderful book reveals t…

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  • Winnie the Witch

    Author: Valerie Thomas Illustrator: Korky Paul

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  • Winnie the Witch

    Author: Valerie Thomas Illustrator: Korky Paul

    This is the first of many stories about Winnie and her cat, Wilber. Winnie is a well-loved character, and the excellent illustrati…

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  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith

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  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith

    This inclusive book is about a boy who loves sport, his friends, and school - and has a vivid imagination

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