Picture Books & Resources
Exposure to diverse picture books is for many children the first time they discover lives different from their own. But it is also important for children to read about characters they can relate too. Children often suffer from anxiety because they feel different or don’t fit in. Reading about characters with similar lives and personalities supports self-esteem and confidence. These books promote that you should embrace who you are and we are all different.
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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!
Scholastic: Ages & Stages: Physical Identity
Scholastic: Staff Teacher Handout: Helping Children Develop a Sense of Identity
Early Years Matters: A Unique Child
Kids Matter: Why cultural identity matters to children’s wellbeing
Very Well Mind: The Importance of a Child’s Social Identity
Humanium: Understanding Children’s Right to Identity
James Mollison: Where Children Sleep
Kids Help Line: Helping kids identify and express feelings
Scholastic: Me, Myself, and I: An Identity-Themed Common Core ELA Unit
Aistear The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework: Identity and Belonging Identity
The British Museum: Identity classroom resources
British Red Cross: Identity and belonging
Northern Ireland Curriculum: There’s no one quite like me unit
Northern Ireland Curriculum: Wonderful Me! Unit
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.
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