This week on my Facebook Page I posted some books that I’ve found useful when talking to younger children about identity. In my view children are never too young to have these (age appropriate) conversations.
As Early Years educators we are in the privileged position of working with children right at the beginning of their journey through education. We can encourage an open mindset, foster a culture of acceptance and show children how to celebrate difference.
We can have a HUGE impact.
It’s vitally important that children see themselves and their familiar culture reflected in books but equally important that they read (and listen to) stories that broaden their knowledge of identity, providing them with an informed, rich view of the world we live in.
I asked if anyone had any other suggestions and below is a list of 50 of the ones you came up with! If you search the titles on any online book retailer, you will be able to get more detail about the story. I haven’t read some of them so I can’t say they are recommended…. but I can say I pledge to do more to use this platform for positive change.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who left their recommendations – feel free to add more in the comment section of this blog.