Our favourite books that celebrate differences

Take a look at the diverse selection of books that celebrate differences, foster empathy, and champions the value of a world where everyone belongs.

Books that celebrate diversity: My Brain is a Race Car by Nell Harris

My Brain is a Race Car, by Nell Harris

Inspired by her daughter’s ADHD diagnosis, author Nell Harris crafted a story that simplifies the intricacies of a neurodivergent brain. The goal was to create a book that breaks down the complexities without intimidating young readers with confusing terminology, making it an engaging and accessible read for children.

RRP $20.00 

Books that celebrate diversity: Big Feelings by Rebekah Ballagh

Big Feelings: And what they tell us, by Rebekah Ballagh

Bestselling author of Note to Self, Note to Self Journal and Words of Comfort, Rebekah Ballagh, turns her attention to helping children learn to understand their emotions, how they make them feel and how to manage them. Includes strategies and resources for parents, caregivers and teachers.

RRP $29.99

Books that celebrate diversity: Milton's Secret by Eckhart Tolle

Milton’s Secret, by Eckhart Tolle

Milton, who is about eight years old, is experiencing bullying on the school playground at the hands of a boy named Carter. Because he is being picked on, Milton no longer enjoys going to school. In fact, he dreads each morning because of his fear of Carter.

By discovering the difference between Then, When, and the Now, Milton is able to shed his fear of being bullied. Living in the Now, he no longer dreads encountering Carter–and this changes everything.

RRP $44.99

Books that celebrate diversity: ADHD is our superpower by Soli Lazarus

ADHD Is Our Superpower, by Soli Lazarus

If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you might struggle with things like concentrating in school, or sitting still, or remembering lots of instructions. But ADHD is also a superpower. In this book you will meet different girls and boys with ADHD who can do amazing things. You might recognise some of these strengths as things that you can do too!

RRP $28.99, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Books that celebrate diversity: The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, by Victoria Williamson

Jamie Lee wants to be normal. But his ADHD makes him feel like his brain is full of butterflies. Elin Watts wants to be perfect. If she can be, surely her dad will come home.

When Jamie and Elin’s families blend, the polar opposites of chaotic Jamie and ordered Elin collide. As their lives spiral out of control, Jamie and Elin discover that they’re actually more alike than they’d admit. Maybe there’s no such thing as normal, or perfect. And perhaps, just like families, happy-ever-afters come in all shapes and sizes.

RRP $18.88, Victoria Williamson

Books that celebrate diversity: The Brain Forest, by Sandhya Menon 

The Brain Forest, by Sandhya Menon 

Come explore The Brain Forest, which follows a mother and her son down the path of understanding the different ways brains can be. Brains that go fast, brains that go slow, brains that do what they’re told, brains that say NO! A heart-warming read that helps celebrate neurodiversity without dismissing its challenges, and centers around building a strengths-based society where everyone is valued for what they have to offer. This book helps start conversations and offers ideas to the reader about what they can do to create more inclusive environments.

RRP $26.99

Books that celebrate diversity: What Happened to You? by James Catchpole

What Happened to You?, by James Catchpole

The first ever picture book addressing how a disabled child might want to be spoken to. What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off? Every time Joe goes out the questions are the same…what happened to his leg? But is this even a question Joe has to answer?

A ground-breaking, funny story that helps children understand what it might feel like to be seen as different.

RRP $16.99, Hachette Books

Books that celebrate diversity: What Happened to You?, by James Catchpole

Different: A Great Thing to Be!, by Heather Avis

Macy is a girl who’s a lot like you and me, but she’s also quite different, which is a great thing to be. With kindness, grace, and bravery, Macy finds her place in the world, bringing beauty and laughter wherever she goes and leading others to find delight in the unique design of every person.

Children are naturally aware of the differences they encounter at school, in their neighborhood, and in other everyday relationships. They just need to be given tools to understand and appreciate what makes us “different,” permission to ask questions about it, and eyes to see and celebrate it in themselves as well as in those around them.

RRP $29.99, Penguin

Books that celebrate diversity: Some Brains, by Nelly Thomas

Some Brains, by Nelly Thomas

Some Brains is the latest heartwarming and funny picture book by Melbourne comedian and author, Nelly Thomas.

It starts from the premise that neurodiversity (conditions like Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and the like) is a normal, essential part of human biodiversity – without it we don’t get Picasso, Einstein or Greta Thunberg! Yes, neurodiverse kids sometimes require a bit of extra help and patience, but they should never be viewed as disordered. Some Brains encourages us all to look for our strengths and to understand that brains are like fingerprints – uniquely, wonderfully ours.

RRP $19.99, Black Inc. Books


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