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This week we were very excited to be invited to The Linking Network celebration event in Bradford. The Linking Network is a fantastic organisation who work with Local Authorities to make links between classes from different communities in the same area. The classes spend time together, make friends, work on projects and lots more…leading to long-lasting connections and cohesive communities. They inspire kindness, respect and tolerance.

Speaking to the children at the event yesterday, they told us how the experience has helped them learn how to make new friends. One child talked passionately about the power of celebrating our similarities and our differences. It was clear that the project has made a huge difference to the children; in fact, the only negative they could come up with was that they didn’t want it to end!

The event got us thinking how important these types of connections are to our overall and long-term wellbeing. Feeling a sense of belonging to our community is very important; and this feeling starts in childhood. If we can promote understanding and acceptance of people from different backgrounds, then we can help to create stronger community bonds. This, in turn, helps children to grow into cohesive and content adults.

So, inspired by The Linking Network and their wonderful work, we’ve put together a list of some books that embody this idea…

Mixed by Arree Chung

Age range: EYFS/KS1

A book that is sure to be found on classroom shelves everyone, such is it’s popularity. It is takes a complex topic and makes it simple and engaging. A great way to start a conversation about community cohesion.


King of the Sky by Nicola Davies

Age range: KS1/LKS2

A beautifully illustrated story that follows the tale of a young boy who moves from Italy to Wales. It’s overarching themes are acceptance, kindness, hope and welcoming new people.


Welcome to Our Table by Laura Mucha and Ed Smith

Age range: EYFS/KS1

A celebration of food around the world! A topic that all children can relate to and excitedly join in to share what their families eat.


Do Something for Someone Else by Loll Kirby 

Age range: KS1/LKS2

A great non-fiction option that introduces 12 children who are making a difference to their communities through small acts of kindness.


Talking to Alaska by Anna Woltz

Age range: KS2

A story of unlikely friendships and accepting each other’s differences; this poignant book will resonate with KS2 children.

 

 

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