National Inclusion Week

23 – 29 September 2019

National Inclusion Week highlights the huge importance of inclusion in not only the workplace, but in society as well. Many employers use it as a time to get connected and engage with their colleagues and talk more about inclusion. You can use the week to organise events and activities in your own workplace or community.

How are libraries inclusive?

Libraries are a place for the community. For all people, from all walks of life to come together to learn, socialise and have access to resources. Libraries are a safe space where someone can spend a whole day without question and borrow books and so much more!

Libraries also hold stock that is inclusive to all. We have audiobooks in CD and playaway format, large print books, braille books and books designed for those with Dyslexia. There is so much to choose from!

Facts and figures

  • We are part of Hampshire County Council’s Culture, Communities and Business Services department.
  • Hampshire Libraries hold over 2 million items of stock and receive over 6 million visits a year. In addition over 15% of issues and renewals are carried out online.
  • Every library has both public computers and WiFi, providing free access to the internet.

Standards and values

  • We will engage with customers, putting them at the centre of relevant and high quality services.
  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of our communities by providing a safe environment and inspiring people to read, learn and access information.
  • Provide equal access for everyone and embrace digital technologies to enhance our diverse range of services.

Hampshire Libraries booklist

Why are people different colours? : big issues for little people around identity and diversity / written by Dr Emma Waddington + Dr Christopher McCurry For children aged 4 – 8

This revolutionary series, written by two child psychologists, provides the perfect platform to explore a broad range of family issues and questions that children have as they grow up and try to make sense of the world around them. Each illustrated spread poses important, commonly-asked questions around diversity and cultural identity, which help children to discuss their feelings and understand others as they become aware of people of different ages, cultures and appearance. Includes explanations and advice for parents and carers throughout.

Pride : the story of the LGBTQ equality movement / Matthew Todd

In June 1969, police raided New York gay bar the Stonewall Inn. Pride charts the events of that night, the days and nights of rioting that followed, the ensuing organization of local members of the community – and the 50 years since in which activists and ordinary people have dedicated their lives to reversing the global position. Pride documents the milestones in the fight for equality, from the victories of early activists, to the gradual acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in politics, sport and the media and the passing of legislation barring discrimination. Covering the key figures and notable moments, events and breakthroughs of the movement through the reproduction of rare images and documents, and featuring personal testimony essays from notable figures, Pride is a unique and comprehensive account of the ongoing challenges facing the LGBTQ community, and a celebration of the equal rights that have been won for many as a result of the sacrifices and passion of this mass movement. 

Let her fly : a father’s journey and the fight for equality / Ziauddin Yousafzai with Louise Carpenter.

In this intimate and extraordinary memoir, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala, gives a moving account of fatherhood and his lifelong fight for equality – proving there are many faces of feminism. “Whenever anybody has asked me how Malala became who she is, I have often used the phrase. Ask me not what I did but what I did not do. I did not clip her wings'” For over twenty years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality – first for Malala, his daughter – and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, something usually only given to boys, and he founded a school that Malala could attend. Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father’s school, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began. Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet.

Sam and Ruby’s Olympic adventure / Tony Bradman

Ruby and Sam are given an ultimatum by their teacher: either they present a project on the Olympic Games or they will not be allowed to go on their school trip. Creating a time machine, using Sam’s spare wheelchair, they travel from the beginning of the Olympics in Athens to the Beijing Olympics of 2008.

Presented in a Dyslexia friendly format.


It’s hard when you feel different to everyone else, but being different can be a good thing.  Sharing stories about people who embrace their uniqueness may help children to enjoy their individuality.

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by Steve Antony

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity.
Age: 3+

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
by John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough and Barnaby begins a magical journey around the world, and makes some extraordinary friends.
Age: 8+

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Odd Bods
by Steven Butler and Jarvis

Ava is an odd bod. Boris is too… Clara, we’re not sure about. I think she’s odd, don’t you? This is an alphabetical celebration for every child who ever felt different.
Age: 3+

This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye
by Richard Byrne

This is the story of Aye-Aye. He’s kind of unusual and unusually kind.
Age: 3+

Rhinocorn Rules!
by Matt Carr

Move over unicorns, it’s time for a very special animal to take centre stage – meet Rhinocorn! Ron is a rhino like no other. He doesn’t like to live by the other rhino rules – the other rhinos are grumpy, solitary and they will charge at anything that gets in their way. But not Ron. Ron likes music, art and only wants to have fun. He is determined to live his best life and not conform to the herd. When Ron paints himself into a bright unicorn, all of the other animals think he’s the coolest animal ever, but his rhino family are less impressed. Will they learn to embrace Ron for who he really is?
Age: 3+

Something Else
by Kathryn Cave

Something Else finds it hard to make friends as he’s different from the others, but when something turns up on his doorstep, he sends him away too.
Age: 5+

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by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

Yawnalot is a sleepy old town until Abracazebra rides in on her bicycle.  Goat is jealous of the attention she receives and persuades the townspeople that people with stripes can’t be trusted.  When Abracazebra disappears, goat realises he has made a big mistake.
Age: 3+

Girls can do Anything
by Caryl Hart

Challenges all female stereotypes with strong positive role models. The rhyming texts makes this fun to read aloud.
Age 4+

Deadly Letter
by Mary Hoffman and Sophie Burrows

A warm, reassuring story about moving house and making new friends, which touches on racism and teasing, but shows the benefit of a positive, friendly attitude.
Age: 7+

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I’m a Girl!
by Yasmeen Ismail

The girl in this book is spontaneous, fast, strong and loud and is forever getting mistaken for a boy. Who says pink is for girls and blue is for boys?
Age: 3+

My Hair
by Hannah Lee

My birthday’s coming up so soon, I’ll need new clothes to wear. But most of all, I need to know, how shall I style my hair? Will it be dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, as well as showcasing a dazzling array of intricate hairstyles.
Age: 3+

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Along came a different 
by Tom McLaughlin

Reds love being red. Yellows love being yellow. And Blues love being blue. The problem is this, 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.
Age: 4+

The Glump and the Peeble
by Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown

It isn’t easy when you’re a glump that wants to be a peeble. It’s not easy if you’re a peeble that wants to be a glump. Trying what makes you happy and encouraging other people to try something new can lead to fun and friendship
Age: 3+

The Cow Who Climbed A Tree
by Gemma Merino

Tina isn’t like the other cows.  She thinks anything is possible if you just try.  Her sisters think she is full of nonsense and won’t join in with her adventures.
Age: 3+

Proudest Blue
by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Asiya’s hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It’s Faizah’s first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab – made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong?
Age: 4+

by Birgitta Sif

Oliver felt a bit different but, most of the time, it didn’t matter.  Then one day he found himself on an adventure that would be the best adventure he’d ever had.
Age: 3+

Want to Play Trucks?
by Ann Stott

Jack and Alex play together in the park. Jack likes trucks and Alex likes dolls and they discover they can still play and enjoy their friendship.
Age 3+

Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon
by Rachel Valentine and Ed Eaves

Marmaduke isn’t like other dragons.  He’s the wrong colour, his ears are different and his wings are so unusual he keeps them hidden.  What princess would ever want him to protect her?
Age: 3+

My Brother Bernadette
by Jacqueline Wilson and David Roberts

Sara’s little brother, Bernard, doesn’t enjoy the same things as the other boys on the estate.  He get’s teased and called Bernadette, but eventually he finds a way to stand up for himself, share his special talents and get one up on the local bully.
Age: 5+

Culturally Diverse Books to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Our planet is a big, beautiful place but, for most small children, their experience of it is limited to their immediate family and the places near their home.  Picture books can open a door to the wider world.

Some of the picture books in this collection show people living in other countries, some show the diversity of people living in our towns and cities.  You will find people of all colours, shapes, sizes and abilities – people like your family and people who may be a bit different.

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My Granny Went to Market – Stella Blackstone

Granny’s round-the-world shopping trip combines counting from one to ten with a light-hearted multicultural theme. She races round the world on a magical carpet, buying many things from the countries she visits.

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My World, Your World – Melanie Walsh

The world is full of all sorts of people, speaking different languages and living different kinds of lives, but deep down people are basically the same wherever they live.

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Off to Market – Elizabeth Dale & Erika Pal

Here is the bus off to market today, shiny and bright as it starts on its way, with Joe, the young driver, smiling with pride, as everyone stops to get on and ride.

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Peekaboo, Hello You! – Georgie Birkett

Where is everyone hiding at the seaside? Lift the soft flaps to look into the beach hut, behind the sandcastle, behind the boat sail, under the umbrella, and inside the towel to find the hidden children.

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Rattle and Rap – Susan Steggall

Rattle and rap, clickety-clack!  Follow a family on their train journey to the sea, passing cars on the level crossing, boats on the river, and lots of different people.

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes – Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury

All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents.

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The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too.  This book takes a look through children’s eyes at the wide varieties of family life, from homes, food and schools to holidays, jobs and housework.

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Wait and See – Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne

It’s Saturday, and Jo has some pocket money to spend. So Jo and her mum go shopping, while Dad stays at home to make lunch for them all. But what should she spend her money on? She’ll have to wait and see.