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Five inclusive books about starting school

This week thousands of four and five year olds will be starting their first day at school and to mark this very, very BIG step. We've got a round up of the best diverse, inclusive and helpful stories for children to navigate this important beginning.

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival

Age suitability: 3 - 7

Meesha has problems making friends which makes life definitely more difficult at times. But one day she discovers that she has a special talent that will help her to navigate challenging social situations and help her to make friends. A warm and affectionate look at the joys and difficulties ofmakingand keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world.

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All are welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Age suitability: 4 - 8

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and enjoy each other’s traditions.

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Aurora's gift by Emily Bunny

Age suitability: 2 - 8

Despite being non-verbal, throughout the story Aurora searches for ways to overcome her challenges and make herself heard. This rhyming picture story book helps children to understand the world from the point of view of an autistic child and to understand alternative ways of communication that can be used by those with additional needs. Helpful for any child in guiding them gently to appreciate the obstacles that some children have to overcome every day.

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The Family Book by Todd Parr

Age suitability: 3 - 5

Often when starting nursery or primary school, one of the first topics children approach is family and when your family doesn't look like the traditional idea of a family depicted in most c

hildren's stories, this can sometimes be confusing. So, whether you are two mummies, daddies or a single parent, a blended or adoptive family, this book celebrates every shape, size and colour of love and belonging.

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Check out some of our other diverse and inclusive Book Club picks, and let us know about your favourites in our comments section below.