Our Reading List

If you are interested in finding out more about the books we read, or the authors, you can find a list of our current library below. Should you wish to purchase your own copy, just click on the image of the book and you’ll be taken to either amazon.co.uk or the author’s online shop.

The flower girl wore celery

by Meryl g gordon

Emma can't wait for her cousin Hannah's wedding. She's going to be the flower girl. That means she'll wear a celery dress and walk down the aisle with the ring bear, leading the way for the happy bride and groom. Or at least, that's what Emma assumes. But nothing turns out to be quite what she's expecting.

my Granny is a pirate



by val mcdermid

When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fiercesome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways - from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger. Look again at your granny...could she be a pirate too? A must-have book for all pirate fans.

Don’t kiss the frog!: Princess stories with attitude

by fiona waters

Perfect for girls who love tiaras, ball-gowns, and happy endings--but also sports, silly jokes, and being different. Featuring the work of seven writers and three illustrators, this anthology of "princess stories with attitude" will make kids laugh as they encounter a bevy of sleepy, sporty, clumsy, brave, resourceful, and curious princesses. The exuberant typographic design is an excellent match for the story-telling style and colourful artwork.

and tango makes three

By Justin richardson

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

olive the dog who was really a frog

by simon toby Browne

A picture book inspired by identity, with a message about acceptance and promoting strength through diversity. Olive The Dog Who Was Really A Frog encourages individual differences to be universally accepted, to nurture friendships and promote strength through diversity.

10,000 dresses

by Marcus Ewert

In her dreams, Bailey is a young girl. Every night she dreams about magical dresses. Unfortunately, when Bailey wakes up, nobody wants to hear about her beautiful dreams. This is because Bailey is a boy and shouldn't be thinking about dresses at all. Then Bailey meets an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey's dreams and courage. Eventually they start making dresses together that represent Bailey's dreams coming to life.

introducing teddy



by jessica walton

‘In my heart, I've always known that I'm a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly.' And Errol says, 'I don't care if you're a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.'

A sweet and gentle story about being true to yourself and being a good friend, Introducing Teddy can also help children understand gender identity.

red: a crayon’s story

by michael hall

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!

princess smartypants breaks the rules

by babette cole

When the Queen packs off Princess Smartypants to finishing school, it seems that our favourite royal might become a perfect princess after all . . . huh, no chance! Instead, Princess Smartypants makes her own school rules and teaches those other do-goody princesses just exactly how to have fun.

morris micklewhite and the tangerine dress



by christine baldacchino

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls.

i’m a girl!

by yasmeen ismail

I am a Girl! is a wonderful celebration of being who we are and not being pigeon-holed or restricted by gender stereotypes. Most of all it is full of energy and laugh-out-loud funny. Who says that pink is for girls and blue is for boys?

a family is a family is a family



by sara o’leary

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them -- family of every shape, size and every kind of relation -- the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special.

happy birthday, alice babette

by monica kulling

Inspired by the lives of artist Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Monica Kulling's warm and whimsical narration is perfectly balanced by Qin Leng's bright and energetic illustrations. This is a sweetly joyful story of love, friendship and creative inspiration.

seamus’s short story



by heather hartt-sussman

Seamus would give anything to be taller! One day, while playing dress-up in his mother’s closet, he finds a way to reach new heights.

Acclaimed picture book author Heather Hart-Sussman brings a light touch to this nuanced story about acceptance, resourcefulness and love, complemented by the humor and beauty in Milan Pavlovic’s colorful paintings of Seamus’s world — where there are times to be tall and times to be small.

a day in the life of marlon bundo

by jill twiss

John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children's book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

King & King

By Linda de haan & Stern Nijland

When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.


"A great book to teach young readers about same-sex couples."
--Philadelphia Gay News

The family book

by todd parr

The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two mothers or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.

it’s okay to be different

by todd parr

It's okay to need some help.
It's okay to be a different colour.
It's okay to talk about your feelings.
It's okay to make a wish...

It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours and silly scenes.

my princess boy

by cheryl kilodavis

Dyson loves the colour pink and sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses and sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy, and his family loves him exactly the way he is. This is a story about love and acceptance. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family.

are you a boy or are you a girl?

by sarah savage & fox fisher

Tiny loves costumes! Tiny likes to dress up as an animal, or a doctor, or a butterfly. Tiny also prefers not to tell other children whether they are a boy or a girl. Tiny's friends don't mind, but when Tiny starts a new school their new friends can't help asking one question:

"Tiny, are you a boy or are you a girl?"

This brightly illustrated book will open a dialogue with children aged 3+ about gender diversity in a fun and creative way

a rule is to break: a Child’s guide to anarchy

by john seven & jana christy

Simply celebrating childhood: the joy, the wonder of discovery, the spontaneity, and strong emotions. . . . Wild Child is free to do as she pleases. A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy follows Wild Child as she learns about just being herself and how that translates into kid autonomy. It presents the ideas of challenging societal expectations and tradition and expressing yourself freely in kid-terms that are both funny and thought provoking—it even functions as a guidebook for adults to understand what it is to be a critically thinking, creative individual. Wild Child is the role model for disobedience that is sometimes civil.

happy punks 1 2 3: a counting story

by john seven and jana christy

Welcome to New Flip City, a Busytown for a new era and home of the Happy Punks, twelve colorful, fun-loving, and creatively exciting friends. Come along as the Happy Punks get ready for their big show and are joined by their friends, a collection of animals, robots, zombies, snowmen, cavemen, and more who make life in New Flip City fun--and who all love to dance at the end of the day! In Happy Punks 1 2 3 we meet each of the punks as they go through their day, explore New Flip City, meet up with their friends, and have a big party with music and dancing. We also learn to count to twelve!

They She He Me: Free to Be!

by Maya Christina Gonzalez & Matthew SG

Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.

They She He Me, Free to Be shows many gender presentations under each pronoun and invites even more. A go-to place to help keep the conversations alive, break down assumptions of who is “she” or “he” and expand beyond the binary to include “they” and more.

princess penny & the pea

By olly pike

It's not easy being a princess. There are so many rules. Penny just wants to have fun like everyone else.

Find out what happens when an unexpected dinner guest leads to a number of zany trials and challenges.

A tale that questions whether our differences should determine how we are treated.

prince henry

by olly pike

It is time for Prince Henry to find someone to marry, or so his parents think. Join Henry in his fairytale kingdom where certain laws apply when its comes to choosing who you can spend your life with.

A fairytale romance intended for young readers, 'Prince Henry' delivers a positive message of both love and equality.

jamie

by olly pike

What happens when you don't have a fairy godmother to grant your every wish? Jamie doesn't. So she finds her own way to go to the ball.

A story of determination, hard work and transition. With some clever mice and a pumpkin car, join Jamie as she becomes... Jamie

along came a different

by tom McLaughlin

Reds love being red. Yellows love being yellow. And Blues love being blue. The problem is that they just don't like each other.

But one day, along comes a different colour who likes Reds, Yellows and Blues, and suddenly everything starts to change.

Maybe being different doesn't mean you can't be friends ...

felix’s new skirt

by kerstin Brichzin & igor kuprin

Felix likes to wear skirts. He thinks they're fun--plus he likes the way his legs move in them. His family doesn't mind, but that's not the case for Felix's classmates. Their merciless teasing makes him want to give up school for good. Can Felix's parents come up with a way to validate Felix's expression, while also teaching the other children a lesson in acceptance? A timely picture book that tackles themes of empathy and tolerance in a world where it's tough to be different.