Diversity and inclusion
Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
This gorgeous book explains the Islamic celebration of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr and aims to give the reader a better understanding of a real cultural and religious celebration as the reader join a fictional girl called Raya and her family observing as they spend the month of Ramadan together.
This book is an action-packed adventure from start to finish. Bestselling author Kacen Callender creates a unique, magic-filled world adding original ideas and twists to many fantasy tropes. Our protagonist, Ash Woods, wants nothing more than to study alchemy at the prestigious Lancaster College. He crosses paths with Ramsay Thorne, an icy assistant professor who ropes Ash in on a dangerous quest for the hidden Book of Source.
Freya Harte is Not a Puzzle
Freya has always felt a bit different to her classmates, but things seem to have become increasingly difficult for her since starting secondary school. With a recent Autism diagnosis that she would rather keep private, Freya is even more determined to fit in with the girls in school and hopefully win back her ex-best friend. A trip to Irish college in the Gaeltacht could provide the perfect opportunity, but is it worth changing everything about yourself to try to fit in?
Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024
Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.
Set against the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, readers follow the journey of Luki, an indigenous girl from the Philippines. We begin with Luki’s sheltered tribal life in the mountains, before following her journey to America (with hundreds of other natives) to attend the St. Louis World’s Fair.
A simple, fun, and engaging book with plenty of repetition, rhyme, and a variety of animal sounds that toddlers will undeniably enjoy hearing read aloud. Although not explicitly mentioned in the text, it is implied that the characters we meet on the first page are a family consisting of two dads and their three small children. Representation is important, and LGBTQ+ families will certainly appreciate the inclusion of a same-sex couple and their children in the story.
Only This Beautiful Moment
Only This Beautiful Moment is an intergenerational coming-of-age story, a queer epic, a defiant tale weaving generations and cultures to create a fantastic story about family, culture, identity, and acceptance.
Home for Grace
Jess and her mother meet Grace, who is a refugee experiencing homelessness and sheltering in a doorway with very few possessions. As Grace shares her story of loss with them, Jess’s empathy for Grace grows and a friendship between them develops. This is a beautifully illustrated and gently told tale that enables young children to learn about the sadness and hardship facing refugees, both in the country they are fleeing from and the country in which they arrive.