Autism through the eyes of a young child

This picture book is a warming story of acceptance that some of us are different and like to do different things. While the book was specifically written to raise awareness of autism from the point of view of a young child, as it avoids labels it can be used to help open up a discussion with any young child about what it means to be different.

The girl who wanted to be a boy

This illustrated children's story explains what it feels like to be a child who isn't happy in their own body. It is aimed at young children, using animals rather than humans, to share what it means to be transgender without using the term itself. The story could also be used in discussion with young children about what it feels to be different.

A story of cultural acceptance

This illustrated children's story raises awareness of cultural diversity and the fact that some people do things differently because of their ethnic background or religious belief. The story is of a family of dormice who hibernate through a number of festivals and events, including Christmas, Bonfire Night and Halloween.

Love and friendship is not about gender

This illustrated children's story is about a loving friendship between two male dogs. No big deal is made of the fact they are both male and clearly partners. The story is aimed at young children, using animals rather than humans, to explore the idea that gender has nothing to do with true love and friendship.

Is being a mother about gender or about role?

This illustrated children's story questions gender in the role of parenthood. In this story, we meet Sage who happily lives alone with his dad. This is questioned by his friend, but Sage realises that his dad does all the things his friend’s mum does. The story shares what it means to live with a single parent who can fulfil both the roles.

A story of unconventional parenthood

This illustrated children's story raises awareness of the fact not all children live with their mum and dad. In this story we meet The Triplets who happily live with their grandmother. Granny Frogsbottom may be old and out of touch with the young Triplets’ world, but her love for them is very clear and the story celebrates this.

Some people choose to live alone

This illustrated children's story uses a wise old sheep as its main character to raise awareness of the fact that some people live alone out of choice, not because they cannot find someone or because they are sad and lonely. Being single or living alone is on the increase in society and this story introduces the idea to children from a young age.

A story of love in a multicultural family

The story is aimed at young children, using animals rather than humans, to share the idea that it doesn’t matter who the parents are in a family, or if their children are different to them, as it is love that bonds them together. The story can be used to gently open up a discussion about multicultural and foster families, as well as same-sex parents.