"OUTLOOK A list of books for children and young"
OUTLOOK - A list of books for children and young people For young children Difference and Diversity All Kinds of People by Emma Damon. Tango Books ISBN 1 85707 067 4. This delightful lift the flap book celebrates all kinds of children in a warm, humorous way. At the end is a mirror for you to look at yourself, with a page to record your own special characteristics. All the Better to See You With by M Wild. Allen & Unwin. 1992 ISBN 1863733361 No-one knows what Kate can and can’t see until she gets lost on the beach (although the reader has a peek). A book about being short-sighted and getting glasses, it is not as inspiring as stories where children with glasses are included without an explanation. Age 5 – 8 Lilly’s Secret by M Imai. Walker Books 1994. ISBN 2468 1097531 Lilly is a cat with strange paws. She tries to hide them from her friend Joey, in case he thinks they’re ugly, but Joey already knows about her paws and Lilly is surprised to find that he even likes them. The reader is surprised to find that Joey himself has a crooked tail – which Lilly has never even noticed. Age 3 – 8 Lucy’s Picture by N Moon. Orchard Books 1994. ISBN 1852 136014 Lucy’s class are doing some painting. Lucy does not want to use the bright paints everyone else is using. Keeping the reader in suspense, she makes a creative picture for her Grandad (who is visually impaired) to ‘see’. Age 3 – 7 Something Else by Kathryn Cave, Chris Riddell. Picture Puffins. ISBN 0 14 05 4907 2 Ruby by Maggie Glen. Red Fox. ISBN 0- 09 986550 5 It’s Good to be Different, Stories from the Circle by Neva Milicic (translated by Maria BaezOlmeno and Sarah Sandow). Lucky Duck Publishing 34 Wellington Park, Clifton, BRISTOL BS8 2UY. ISBN 1 873942 36 2. A comprehensive and sensitive account from children at circle time. Each child expresses how they feel about being “different” in some way. Could be very useful in schools. It’s probably better read in sections, as otherwise it’s a bit long. Age 6-10. Dealing with Teasing and Bullying The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby. ISBN 0590 956167 Little Bill finds a way to hold his own against name-calling – without being mean back. His simple and powerful response will probably rub off on you too. Age 5 – 9 Rosie & the Pavement Bears by Susie Jenkin-Pierce. Red Fox 1992. ISBN 0099 720906 When Rosie is bullied at school she conjures up some big bears to defend herself. As her confidence grows she stands up to the bullies. She soon finds that she doesn’t need the help of the bears anymore. Age 4 – 8 About Emotions and Feelings The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside. ISBN 0750 021241 Jenny has so many worries – they follow her around in a big blue bag and she can’t seem to get rid of them. A wise friend who knows ‘There’s nothing a worry hates more than being seen’ helps Jenny open the bag and sort the worries out. Delightfully illustrated and reassuring – a lovely book for talking about worries of any sort. Age 4 – 10 A Nifflenoo Called Nevermind by Margot Sunderland, illustrated by Nicky Armstrong. Winslow Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86388-303-6. A book about stuffing down and letting out feelings – Nevermind learns to say that he does mind. Age 4 – 10. For young people/older readers Difference and Diversity Charlie’s Eye by Dorothy Horgan. Puffin 1997. ISBN 0140 38237 2 Charlie has to have a glass eye because of an accident she had when she was little. But the tricks she gets up to at school with it make her a hero at school, and finally Charlie sets out to cope with the little boy in her class who calls her ‘handicapped’. A humorous and perceptive book about what it’s like to be ‘different’ and how a little girl copes with the teasing she encounters. Age 7 – 11 Face by Benjamin Zephaniah. Bloomsbury 1999. ISBN 0 7475 4154 X Martin was on top of the world. His credibility was sealed and Natalie was proud of him. If there’s one thing that Martin is sure about, it’s that life is pretty good to him. But life – as Martin is about to find out – has a habit of throwing the unexpected at you. For parents Babyface: A Story of Heart and Bones by Jeanne McDermott. Woodbine House Inc 2000. ISBN 1 890627 151. Also available on-line from www.amazon.com “Here is a book that will tug at the heartstrings of parents of a child with a craniofacial condition, especial with Apert's syndrome. It tells of Nathaniel's birth, harrowing succession of operations and ultimate triumph, despite his physical differences. However, it is more than a family story. A fascinating dual perspective comes from the author being not only a mother, but also a science journalist who uses her own experience to ask some hard questions about humanity.” Coping when Your Child has Special Needs by Suzanne Askham Sheldon Press, London 2000. ISBN: 0-85969-825-4 Helping Children Cope with Bullying by Sarah Lawson ISBN: 0-85969-683-9 Sheldon Press, London 1996. Where to find these books You may be able to borrow some of these books from your local library or school library. They are not all easy to buy and you may need to order them using their ISBN numbers. (It is possible some have gone out of print). Letterbox Library is a specialist bookclub which stocks non-sexist multicultural books, many of which are not easily available in Britain. Tel: 020 7503 4801, 71 – 73 Allen Road, London N16 8RY. www.letterboxlibrary.com With special thanks to Changing Faces Last updated May 04