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See Myself in Books classroom resources

See myself in books

About the See Myself in Books resources

National Literacy Trust research conducted in 2020 showed that 39.8% of children said that they would like more books with characters that are similar to them. The report also uncovered that more children and young people from ethnic minority backgrounds than white backgrounds say that they don’t see themselves in what they read.

These classroom resources accompany our See Myself In Books booklist to promote diverse learning!

Look Up! By Nathan Bryon (KS1) - accelerated reader

Bursting with energy and passion about space and the natural world, this heart-warming picture book will reignite your desire to turn off those screens and switch on to the outside world.

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Teaching resources:

KS1 PowerPoint - Picture book Inspo: Look Up! (Puffin Schools)

Hey You! By Dapo Adeola (KS1)

This book addresses- honestly, yet hopefully- the experiences Black children face growing up with systematic racism, as well as providing hope for the future and delivering a message of empowerment to a new generation of dreamers.

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Teaching resources:

KS1/KS2 Resource Pack (Puffin Schools)

KS1/KS2 Resources pack (TES)

Coming to England, By Floella Benjamin (KS1) - accelerated reader

A picture book story about the triumph of hope, love and determination, Coming to England is the inspiring story of Baroness Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords.

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Teaching resources:

Teaching Notes (CLPE)

KS2 Drama Lesson Plan - celebrate Black History Month by Exploring Floella Benjamin's Experiences (Teachwire)

Astro Girl, By Ken Wilson Max (KS1)

A charming story about a little girl who longs to go into space, and be just like her mum! In this charming introduction to space and space travel, one little girl dreams of going on a mission into outer space.

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Teaching resources:

Power of Reading and Teaching Sequence (CLPE)

Asto Girls Wordsearchers (Reading is Fundamental)

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, By Joanna Ho (KS1)

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells the story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and it's celebration of diversity.

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Teaching Resources:

Eyes that kiss in the Corner Literature Guide (Learning to Give)

Splash! Anna Hibiscus, By Atinkue (KS1) - accelerated reader

Anna has left her mango tree and shoes at the beach - Phew, its hot! But what better way to cool off that by playing in the jumpy, splashy waves?

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Teacher resources:

Ideas for Independent/Home Learning (CLPE)

When Secrets Set Sail, By Sita Brahmachari (KS2) - accelerated reader

Secrets from the past are the keys to the future... if two children can find them. Bold adventure, timely themes and breath-taking writing from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari.

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Teacher resources:

When Secrets Set Sail - Teacher's Pack (Hachette)

When Secrets Set Sail - Blue Plaque Project (The Reading Agency)

Planet Omar, Accidental Trouble Magnet, By Zanib Mian (KS2) - accelerated reader

Welcome to the imaginative brain of Oman! A funny book about the trials and tribulations of starting a new school. Omar's funny, relatable narrative is the perfect answer to the call to fill bookshelves with diverse stories.

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Teacher resources:

Notes for KS2 Teachers & Libraries (Hay Festival)

When Stars are Shattered, By Omar Mohammed and Victoria Jamieson (KS2) - accelerated reader

Heartbreak, hope and gentle humour exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent away, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult settings. It's an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told by New York Times bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohammed, the Somali man who lived the story.

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Teaching resources:

Educator guide (Victoria Jamieson)

The Boy at the Back of the Class, By Onjali Rauf (KS2) - accelerated reader

Told with humour and heart, The Boy at the Back of the Class offers a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

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Teaching resources:

Notes for Teachers and Librarians (Hachette)

The Undefeated, By Jwame Alexander (KS2)

The undefeated's purpose is to inspire and encourage Black communities via a tribute to Black Americans of all past occupations. The poem describes the toughness Black Americans faced during times such as slavery, and segregation in America. Nelson's illustrations provide a visual for the meaning of the poem.

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Teaching resources:

Teaching Notes (Andersen Press)

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, By Maisie Chan (KS2)

Eleven-year-old Danny Chung loves drawing - more than maths, which is what he is 'supposed' to be good at. He also loves having his own room, so he is put out when his non-English speaking, ex-maths champion grandmother comes to stay from China. Nai Nai shares his room and Danny must look after her during his holidays. Before long, it becomes clear that there is more to Nai Nai than meets the eye, and that they have more in common than he thought possible.

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Teaching resources:

School Resources (Maisie Chan)

Activity Ideas to Support Classroom use of the Book (Scottish Book Trust)

Granny Ting Ting, By Patrice Lawrence (KS2) - accelerated reader

Nine-year-old Michael visits his grandmother, who is recovering from a difficult operation, in Trinidad from London. A rivalry develops between him and his cousin Shayla... When Shayla tells her mum that she feels Michael's life is more exciting that hers in Arouca, her mum reveals a plan that will make Shayla realise her own qualities and cheep up her granny in the process!

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Teaching resources:

Teaching Notes (CLPE)

Bamba Beach, By Pratime Mitchell (KS2) - accelerated reader

Hari's family are fisher folk, but with no fish in the boat times are hard. To catch the ones further out they need a new and improved boat, but to buy one they need capital, and for this they need to sell fish... Hari strives to help his family and show everyone that family feuds and village superstitions are better off forgotten in this contemporary Indian story set in Goa.

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Teaching resources:

Teaching Notes (CLPE)

Boy, Everywhere, By A.M Dassu (KS2) - accelerated reader

Sami and his family are forced to flee their comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler's den in Turkey, to an uncertain life beyond. A story of survival, of family, of bravery... and of how thin the line is between "them" and "us".

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Teacher resources:

Teaching resources (A M Dassu)

Happy Here: Ten Stories from Black British Authors and Illustrators, By Sharna Jackson (KS2) - accelerated reader

Exploring themes of joy, home and family through a range of genres and styles, each author has been paired with a different illustrator to spotlight Black British talent. Stories by Dean Atta, Joseph Coelho, Kareen Getten, Patrice Lawrence, Theresa Lola, E.L Norry, Jasmine Richards, Alexandra Sheppard, Yomi Sode, and Clara Weze.

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Teaching resources:

Video Recordings, Interviews and Teaching Notes (CLPE)

Anisha, Accidental Detective, By Serena Patel (KS2) - accelerated reader

Anisha is all set to be a (reluctant) bridesmaid at Aunty Bindi's wedding... until a secret ransom note arrives. Bindi's groom has been kidnapped and will only be released if the wedding is called off! With best friend Milo, mischievous Granny Jas, a runaway lobster, a kitten-loving giant, and some super skills of logic and observation, it's up to Anisha Mistry to find her uncle, before the big family wedding of the year becomes a big disaster.

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Teaching resources:

Reading Journal resource (National Literacy Trust)

Diwali Gift Box Activity (The reading Agency)

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