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Amazing Grace
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Caroline Binch
How this book may help: Inspiring children to achieve their full potential by believing that anything is possible. Promoting tolerance and acceptance and celebrating diversity. Boosting self-esteem and dealing with prejudice.
Grace adores play acting and dressing up as her favourite fictional characters. So when her teacher... read more

Tags: persistence, multicultural, gender, diversity, confidence, being different, prejudice

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I'm the Happiest
Author: Anna Shuttlewood
Illustrator: Anna Shuttlewood
How this book may help: A lovely story which teaches children that the path to true happiness is to be content with what you already have. While all the other animals compete and compare, Racoon is happy to be himself.
While all the other animals are busy arguing over who is the best, only the Raccoon is happy for... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, friends, gratitude

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I'm Special, I'm Me!
Author: Ann Meek
Illustrator: Sarah Massini
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance, co-operation and acceptance and celebrating diversity. May help to boost a child's self-esteem and realise that being different isn't a negative trait.
Milo is sad as his classmates have different ideas to him about what roles he should play in their... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, being different, prejudice

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The Gotcha Smile
Author: Rita Philips Mitchell
Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe
How this book may help: Acknowledging anxieties that some children may feel about making new friends and starting school. Provides positive suggestions for overcoming shyness.
It is Clarine's first day at her new school, she is keen to make lots of friends but things don't... read more

Tags: school, friends, confidence, shyness

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Small Florence
Author: Claire Alexander
Illustrator: Claire Alexander
How this book may help: This book may help a child to understand that if they have a special talent or something they love doing, that they can achieve their dreams.
A book about a little sister pig called Florence who loves to sing and all the other animals tell... read more

Tags: confidence, bullying, persistence

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Back to School Tortoise
Author: Lucy M. George
Illustrator: Merel Eyckerman
How this book may help: It shows how even though we all worry about situations, they usually turn out to be a lot more fun than we first thought.
After a lovely summer holiday Tortoise is going back to school, on his way he worries about... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, friends, school

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Shaun The Shy Shark
Author: Neil Griffiths
Illustrator: Peggy Collins
How this book may help: It shows shyness and being different in a positive way.
Shaun is not the usual scary shark, he is actually very shy and scared of many other sea creatures.... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, confidence, shyness

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Giraffes Can't Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
How this book may help: The story would be a good starting point for a discussion on self-esteem and persistence, or the positive side of being different. It also has an anti-bullying/acceptance message.
Gerald was a very self-conscious giraffe; he was painfully aware of his gangly legs which made him... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, bullying, confidence, diversity, emotions, loneliness, persistence, prejudice, sadness, shyness

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I Don't Care!: Learning About Respect
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: The book explains what respect means and shows a child the different ways respect can be shown and received. It also explains how negative it is when you are not respected or do not respect other people.
The book begins with a boy thinking about what respect means and that if you respect someone you... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, confidence, manners, rudeness

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Invisible Isabelle
Author: Wendy Sefcik
Illustrator: Wendy Sefcik
How this book may help: This may encourage children to embrace their creativity and self-expression and not to succumb to peer-pressure and bullying.
Isabelle adored designing and creating clothes, so when she received a sewing box for her seventh... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, persistence, prejudice

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Freckleface Strawberry
Author: Julianne Moore
Illustrator: Lelyan Plam
How this book may help: A great book to celebrate differences and be proud of what we are as individuals.
Here is a little girl who doesn't like her freckles and red-hair but finally grows to love her... read more

Tags: being different, confidence

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Billy Back To Front
Author: Sam McCullen
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A good story to enable children to appreciate and value being different and to recognise their own individuality
Everything about Billy is back to front, he hopes one day not to be noticed by anyone but learns... read more

Tags: being different, confidence

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Say Hello
Author: Jack Foreman
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
How this book may help: For all children who are lonely, shy and feel isolated
A lonely dog asks some children if he can join in their games and fun. A lonely little boy... read more

Tags: confidence, friends, sharing, shyness

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Sidney Goes to School
Author: Sharon Rentta
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Children at school who may feel they aren't very good at anything or feel 'outshone' by another child in their clss and resort to bad behaviour to be noticed
Sidney is quite happy at school until Alfie the Chimp arrives. Alfie is good at everything and... read more

Tags: confidence, friends

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See You Later Mum
Author: Jennifer Northway
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Comforting for children starting playgroup or nursery.
William isn't very happy on his first day at playschool so mum stays with him to help him settle... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, playgroup, nursery, independence, friends, confidence, absence, shyness

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The Talent Show
Author: Jo Hodgkinson
Illustrator: Jo Hodgkinson
How this book may help: Supporting children who may feel they have no special gift or who are judged on first impressions.
Four friends decide to enter a talent show but don't want to include a small red bird who is keen... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, friends

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Mr Big
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Mr Big is strong and tough and scares people, but in his heart he's just a big softy. Can he get... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, friends, loneliness, sadness

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Collywobble
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Petra Brown
How this book may help: The story shows that appearances are not always as they seem. It has an underlying message that even the youngest and weakest can achieve great and unexpected things with enough determination.
Working sheepdog Bess has a litter of puppies: all are big and strong, except one (Collywobble) who... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, dog, persistence

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Fly, Chick, Fly
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Anxious children may be comforted by this book
A little owl refuses to fly. Her brother and sister have left the nest but there is a lot to fear... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, growing up

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Eric!...the Hero?
Author: Christopher Wormell
Illustrator: Christopher Wormell
How this book may help: Any child who sometimes feels less intelligent, less capable and less successful than others will be heartened by the story of Eric who isn’t much good at anything but turns out to be a hero.
Dramatic illustrations, fairy-tale setting, a friendly narratorial voice and effective use of... read more

Tags: anxiety, autism, bullying, confidence, emotions, fears, loneliness, monsters, prejudice

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I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe
Author: Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier
Illustrator: Mary Birdsell
How this book may help: This book tells the true story of a successful, hard working man with Down Syndrome and Autism, and the positive effect he has on a young boy.
This lovely photo story book features real-life people. The small boy in the story (Dylan) is... read more

Tags: confidence, Down's syndrome, friends, independence

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Witches and Fairies
Author: Eva Montanari
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
How this book may help: Children can sometimes form friendship circles which exclude others, which can be difficult for the children left on the outside. This book focusses on Clotilda, a little girl who doesn’t really fit into the group of fairies and group of witches she longs to play with.
Clotilda has to make do with watching them, or refereeing their races and battles. One night, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, co-operation, bullying, being different, prejudice

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Odd Bods
Author: Steven Butler
Illustrator: Jarvis
How this book may help: By celebrating the fact that every child alive is an ‘odd bod’, with their own set of idiosyncrasies which should be accepted as the things that define them. Nobody is perfect, and who would want to be anyway?
The story, written in rhyme, runs through an alphabetical list of children and their whimsical... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, confidence, diversity, gender, prejudice

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