Embracing Difference

5 books for ages 4-8

No two children are the same, but sometimes it can be hard for them to embrace their own differences or those of their peers.

This curated list of EK Books covers topics such as hearing loss, vision impairment, neurodiversity, and the refugee experience. 
With beautiful illustrations and sensitive storytelling, these stories will help children open their world view and embrace those that have different backgrounds and abilities from themselves. 


Pack Contents: 

The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp (Download Teacher’s Notes)
Reena’s Rainbow (Download Teacher’s Notes)
The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses (Download Teacher’s Notes)
Chalk Rainbow (Download Teacher’s Notes)
The Secret of Sapling Green (Download Teacher’s Notes)

 

The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820881 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 pages | Full Colour

Most children would say that the ocean is blue, but when Bowen looks at it he sees white where the waves crash, deep black on the ocean floor, and green when there’s a storm. Bowen sees the world differently and struggles to fit in. When he turns his uniqueness into his greatest strength, however, he finds his place in the world. Young readers, carers, teachers and psychologists alike will be inspired by this story of embracing diversity while also encouraging children to think differently.


Reena’s Rainbow

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9 ½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages

Reena is deaf and Dog is homeless, but they are also so much more than that. At first Reena and Dog feel like they don’t belong, but when they form a unique bond with each other, and become friends with the hearing children in the park, they discover that everyone is different and special in their own way.

Reena’s Rainbow is about friendship, diversity and acceptance. It sends the message that true friends will always accept your differences and love you just the way you are.


The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925335996 / 9781925820560 | 215 x 288 mm / 8.5 x 11.25 inches | Hardback | 32 Pages

Sam doesn’t like his new glasses. They make his ears hurt. His parents say he looks handsome in them. But Sam just wants to look like himself. His teacher doesn’t recognize him — she says he must be a new superhero. But Sam doesn’t want to be a superhero. He just wants to be himself. Eventually, with a bit of confidence and a lot of humour, Sam finds out that wearing glasses isn’t so bad — and people still like him just the way he is after all.


The Chalk Rainbow

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages

The Chalk Rainbow explores difference and diversity through a family living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s also a story of unconditional love, of trust and of learning to look at the world through the eyes of others.

The story is told by Zane’s older sister in a way that young children can easily relate to. The ending is uplifting as all members of the family learn to look at things differently and find a way to move forward together.


The Secret of Sapling Green

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820980 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 Pages | Full Colour

Sapling Green has always hidden her big secret – her green thumbs. But one day the old schoolyard tree is damaged in a storm. Can Sapling be brave enough to show her classmates her secret and save the tree?

This heart-warming story is an important reminder that our differences are our strengths, and we should always accept each other for who we are.

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