If you want to raise children who are kind to themselves, others and the planet, these books are a great place to start


I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown,

with Jason ‘Rachel’ Brown, illustrate­d by Anoosha Syed (Macmillan Children’s Books) From Queer Eye’s resident culture expert comes this lovely story that pays homage to the special bond between parent and child.

Fantastica­lly Great Women Who Saved The Planet by Kate Pankhurst

(Bloomsbury) Inspire your kids with tales of trail-blazing women who have helped protect our natural world (from a descendant of the suffragett­e Emmeline Pankhurst, no less).

An ABC Of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing,

illustrate­d by Paulina Morgan (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

You can teach children about class, privilege and more with this accessible, simple illustrate­d guide.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller,

illustrate­d by Jen Hill (Macmillan Children’s Books) From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this thoughtful story explores what children can do to be kind.

This Book Is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell,

illustrate­d by Aurélia Durand (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) Featured by Oprah’s Book Club, this is the perfect read to help raise pre-teens to be anti-racist adults.

Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill


Meet 25 people from around the world who are fighting to save our planet. David Attenborou­gh and Greta Thunberg are included but there are some less familiar, but no less inspiring, faces, too.

Coming To England by Floella Benjamin,

illustrate­d by Diane Ewen (Macmillan Children’s Books), out 8th October Baroness Floella Benjamin charts her own journey to London as part of the Windrush generation, in this gorgeously illustrate­d book about how courage and determinat­ion can triumph over adversity.

You Matter by Christian Robinson

(Simon & Schuster), out 17th September

This bright, beautiful picture book from award-winning author-illustrato­r Christian Robinson sees the world from different points of view.

Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History by Vashti Harrison


This New York Times bestseller features 40 trail-blazing Black women from world history to help you inspire your own mini-leaders.

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