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Equality, diversity and human rights

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The List

We are all born free : the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures by Amnesty International

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was compiled after World War Two to declare and protect the rights of all people from all countries. This beautiful collection celebrates each declaration with an illustration by an internationally-renowned artist or illustrator.

Every child a song by Nicola Davies, Marc Martin

With tenderness and a good deal of heart, Nicola introduces young readers to the universal rights that every child is entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using the metaphor of song, the book opens with the arrival of a newborn and its unique 'song', then pans out to explore all the essential things that every song needs to thrive - love, protection, a home, a name, the chance to explore and learn.

In the latter half of the book, the issues of child labour, exploitation and war are sensitively introduced to emphasise that we all must play our part in championing children's rights and offering support to those who need it most.

We're all equal by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, David Broadbent

How can you be a good global citizen? By understanding the world we live in and how we can effect change. This text explores inequality around the world, from how resources are unfairly shared to why race and gender matter and more. It looks at ways we can challenge inequality and features case studies such as the votes for women campaign and the work of Malala Yousafzai.

The same inside : poems about empathy and friendship by Liz Brownlee, Liz Matt Goodfellow, Roger Stevens

A sweet and thoughtful collection of poems about friendship, diversity, empathy and respect. These poems deal sensitively with tolerance for differences (including race, religion and gender identity), feelings, empathy, respect, courtesy, bullying, disability and responsibility. They are the perfect springboard to start conversations.

All kinds of beliefs by Anita Ganeri, Ayesha L. Rubop, Jenny Palmer

There are all kinds of beliefs. People may be Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims or Sikhs, or belong to other religions. Some people have non-religious beliefs. We can show what we believe by how we dress, what we eat, how we behave and how we treat other people. What are your beliefs?

Rights and equality by Marie Murray, Hanane Kai

The 'Children in Our World' picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. With relatable comparisons, carefully researched text and striking illustrations, children can begin to understand issues in the news, how they affect people and how readers can help those who are affected. Where issues aren't appropriate to describe in words, Hanane Kai's striking and sensitive illustrations help children visualise the issues with images that are suited to their age.

Culture and diversity by Marie Murray, Hanane Kai

The 'Children in Our World' picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. With relatable comparisons, carefully researched text and striking illustrations, children can begin to understand why people have different cultures, what are customs and traditions and why understanding people from other cultures is important.

Rules for everyone by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, David Broadbent

How can you be a good global citizen? By understanding the world we live in and how we can effect change. This book explores what rules are for, who makes the rules and how governments and power works in society. It helps children understand systems of democracy and how people have the ability to influence the rules of society. It features case studies on civil rights and activities to make campaign videos and organise a debate club.

We're all equal by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, David Broadbent

How can you be a good global citizen? By understanding the world we live in and how we can effect change. This text explores inequality around the world, from how resources are unfairly shared to why race and gender matter and more. It looks at ways we can challenge inequality and features case studies such as the votes for women campaign and the work of Malala Yousafzai.

Racism by Anita Ganeri, Ximena Jeria

Racism is a very hard concept for children to understand, so it is important children learn about respect and equality and how to deal with discrimination, should they encounter it. This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about.

Dealing with racism by Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean

Sometimes you can sort out a problem on your own. But sometimes you need to ask for help. This book helps young children to make this decision and find out about and understand racism. It features seven case studies from children who have a range of racism problems from a girl who is being left out because she is Muslim to the new boy in school from another country who is struggling to fit in.

This book is anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell, Aurélia Durand

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.

Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.

What is race? who are racists? why does skin colour matter? and other big questions by Claire Heuchan, Nikesh Shukla

Talk about race is often discouraged, but this title aims to bring everyone into the conversation. Exploring the history of race and society and giving context to how racist attitudes come into being, the book looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.

Noughts + Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.

Who are refugees and migrants? : what makes people leave their homes? and other big questions by Michael Rosen

What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict. It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially 'pure' culture.

F is for feminism : an alphabet book for empowerment by Carolyn Suzuki

This bright and bold dictionary of 26 thought-provoking words from A-Z is perfect for equipping girls and boys with the words they need to empower themselves.

Malala Yousafzai's story by Rebecca Langston-George, Janna Bock

She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. Discover Malala's story through this powerful narrative telling, and come to see how one brave girl named Malala changed the world.

Women in battle : 150 years of fighting for freedom, equality and sisterhood Marta Breen, Jenny Jordahl, Sian Mackies

Presented as a graphic novel and spanning 150 years of recent history, 'Women in Battle' celebrates the fight for women's rights all over the world. Topics include the suffragette movement, female world leaders, abortion and contraception, gay marriage and #MeToo.

Suffragette : the battle for equality by David Roberts ; with a foreword by Lauren Laverne

The year 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and this book tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength.

David's conversational style is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the Suffragette movement - from the militant activist and wheelchair user Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst.

Feminism is by Alexandra Black, Laura Buller, Emily Hoyle, Megan Todd

A lively and accessible book for teens on the history, pioneers, theories, questions, arguments, and daily reality of feminism today. Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, this engaging book introduces young adult readers to a subject that should matter to everyone.

What is feminism? : why do we need it and other big questions by Bea Appleby

Feminists don't wear pink and other lies : amazing women on what the F-word means to them by Scarlett Curtis

A collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of their personal relationship with feminism, this book explores what it means to be a woman from every point of view. Often funny, sometimes surprising, and always inspiring, this book aims to bridge the gap between the feminist hashtag and the scholarly text by giving women the space to explain how they actually feel about feminism. This books contains strong language and some adult content.

Have pride: an inspirational history of the LGBTQ+ movement by Grace Stewart, Sue Sanders

This inspirational history of the international LGBTQ+ movement will teach readers to accept and have pride in themselves and others, whatever their sexuality. It details the struggles and successes of LGBTQ+ movements around the world, looking at decriminalisation, the Stonewall riots and their legacy, global Pride movements, the HIV/AIDS crisis and equal marriage. It also includes profiles of significant LGBTQ+ figures from history and messages from young, modern-day members of the LGBTQ+ community, explaining why they have pride in themselves - and why you should, too.

Rainbow revolutions : power, pride and protest in the fight for queer rights by Jamie Lawson

On June 28 1969, around one o'clock in the morning, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York. What happened that night would come to be a defining moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and for queer people everywhere. From the impassioned speeches of bold activists Karl Ulrichs and Audre Lorde to the birth of Pride and queer pop culture, 'Rainbow Revolutions' charts the dramatic rise of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and celebrates the courageous individuals who stood up and demanded recognition.

From prejudice to pride: a history of the LGBTQ+ movement by Amy Lame

'From Prejudice to Pride' looks at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement and the different communities, pioneers and stories of heartbreak and courage that have marched alongside it. Perfect for readers aged 11 and upwards, this book will inspire courage and pride in young LGBTQ+ people and help answer questions for all readers interested in gender and identity.

What is gender? : how does it define us and other big questions by Juno Dawson

What is masculinity? Why does it matter? and other big questions by Jeffrey Boakye, Darren Chetty

Masculinity is being discussed more than ever before, in a range of contexts. People talk about 'toxic masculinity', claim that there is a crisis in masculinity or argue that we need to 'reclaim masculinity'. There have always been many ways of being a man, and many people who have claimed that there are correct and incorrect ways of being a man.

This important and timely book looks at the big questions surrounding definitions of masculinity, and discusses where ideas of masculinity have come from and the effects of gender stereotyping. The authors and contributors share their experiences of and perspectives on masculinity and invite readers to think for themselves about the issues involved.