Books are a wonderful way to help children learn about the wider world. They get
transported to places they’ve never been before. We share some of our favourite titles for
babies and children up to age 11.
Babies to 3 years
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an
important message of social acceptance to young readers.
This board book shows photographs of babies from all over the world in their
native costume and describes how all babies are special.
Ages 3 to 4 years
Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
Handa puts seven fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. Which fruit will
Akeyo like best, she wonders?
How To Make An Apple Pie and See The World by Marjorie Priceman
This picture book can help young readers to think about different places around
the world, as a silly recipe for apple pie goes around the globe to gather ingredients.
The Swirling Hijaab by Na’ima bint Robert
A picture book about the feelings a little Muslim girl has for her head scarf, her
Hijaab. This book and can provide children with an interesting insight into the Hijaab.
Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley
Ling Sung doesn’t like school. The other children can do things that he can’t. But
Ling Sung soon finds out that there is something very special that only he can do.
Ages 5 to 8 years
Elephant Dance by Theresa Heine
Ravi and Anjali love their grandfather's stories of India, where the sun is like a
ferocious tiger, the wind is like a wild horse, and monsoon rains cascade from the sky like
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Set in Africa, this book can encourage children to think about other cultures and
ways of life. Young readers will find out how Ki-pat the herd boy ended a dreadful
Ages 9 to 12 years
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Set in an exotic landscape with magicians and talking animals, this work of fantasy
is an exciting story. Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of
the sea of stories.
The Silly Chicken by Idries Shah
This quirky story is set in rural Pakistan and should help children think about life in
other parts of the world. It features a young girl whose mother’s pet chicken can talk, and
soon has the whole town following it.
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
This exciting book a tale of a young boy who is shipwrecked on an island in the