Diversity and Racism

red = preschool,
purple = primary schools,
green = secondary schools & youth groups,
blue = adult & community sector

  Age Group Country Topics Reference
Fairplay – talking with children about prejudice & discrimination
This book increases our understanding of prejudice and discrimination, offers practical advice and guidance on how we can help and support children and gives us confidence and skills to talk to our children about prejudice and discrimination.
6-12   Anti-Racism, Diversity Diversity 1
Can’t loose Cant
This books opens up the treasure of the old language of Irish Travellers.
6-12 Ireland Anti-Racism, Diversity, Language, Identity  Diversity 2
Life Stories – Exploring Identity with young People
This educational activity pack gives a voice to young people from a diverse range of minority groups in Ireland.
Youth Ireland Identity. Anti-Racism. Inclusion Diversity 3
Changing Perspectives- Cultural Values, Diversity and Equality in Ireland and the wider World
This educational activity pack is a resource for teachers wishing to explore issues of diversity and equality with their students. It includes student worksheets and teachers notes.
Secondary   CSPE Diversity 4
Show racism the red card
The updated version of the popular educational film Show Racism the Red Card features interviews with top Premier league and international footballers. It also includes a brand new documentary, RACISM IN THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, which has been produced in conjunction with the international players’ union, FIFPro, and examines the changing face of racism in football.
Youth     Diversity 5
Ask Me – Guidelines for Effective Consultation with People with Disabilities
Even today in the year 2002 barriers still hinder the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities. These barriers relate to physical access, the dissemination of information and negative and stereotypical attitudes towards people with disabilities. The good news is that we are moving to a situation where these barriers are removed so that each and every member of this country can participate and have an equal voice in how things are done. However, more work needs to be done if this is to become a reality. Much progress has already been achieved. These guidelines are another step in the right direction.
Adult   Disability Diversity 6
Roots of racism
This book covers Europe’s early history of the slavery and the genesis or racism.
    Racism Diversity 7
Patterns of racism
It deals with the different patterns of development of racism and colonialism in different parts of the world. 
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How racism came to Britain
The first cartoon book on racism in Britain, it is highly readable, serious – yet entertaining – and is especially suitable for young people. It examines the origins of racism in slavery and colonialism and shows how it affects Black people in every aspect of their lives in Britain today – in immigration control, employment, housing, education, policing and law enforcement, and the media. 
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Dealing with Racism
Green begins with a definition of racism as told through the words of children. The author goes on to discuss how hurtful it can be and what can be done to stop it. Bullies and Gangs focuses on bullies rather than the drug-selling, drive-by shooting crowd most readers associate with the word “gang.” Here, the term merely refers to a group of friends. The feelings associated with these relationships are examined and thoughts on how to deal with them are offered. 
4-8 Racism Diversity 10
The Skin I’m In – A first look at racism
Racial discrimination is cruel—and especially so to younger children. This encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. A First Look At…is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children. Each explores emotional issues and discusses the questions such difficulties invariably raise among kids of preschool through early school age. 
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Stop Picking on Me- A first look at bullying
Barron’s A First Look At books explore the dynamics in relationships among children of preschool through early school age, and encourage kids to understand personal and social problems as a first step toward solving them. Written by an experienced psychotherapist and counselor, these books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The language in each book is simple and direct–easy for younger children to understand. Full-color illustrations on every page. This approachable picture book explores the difficult issue of bullying among children. It helps kids accept the normal fears and worries that accompany bullying, and suggests ways to resolve this upsetting experience. 
4-8 Bullying, self-esteem Diversity 12
Why is Everybody Always Picking on Us? – Understanding the Roots of Prejudice
The first book of its kind to explore the roots of prejudice. For young people ages 8-14 who are interested in understanding how prejudice is created, through conditioned thinking. This book is also for adults to help young people see how conditioning and prejudice affect us all. 
8-14 Racism, Diversity Diversity 13
That’s Not Fair! A Teacher’s Guide to Activism with Young Children
Noting that young children have a natural sense of what is and is not fair, this guide is intended to help teachers develop an anti-bias curriculum using children’s sense of fairness to guide them toward social activism. The book provides stories of children’s experiences as activists, coupled with first-person accounts of teachers’ experiences and reflections. Interspersed throughout are songs for young children about fairness and activism. 
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White Lies- Racism and Underdevelopment
Contents amongst others:

  • Whitewash: the History of Racism by Mary Wright
  • England’s oldest Colony: Ireland and anti Celtic Racism by Mike Penfold


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All Different All Equal
All Different All Equal Ireland: An Anti-Racist and Intercultural Education Resource for Youth Workers is the updated version of an anti-racism and equality resource published by the National Youth Council of Ireland in 1995 as part of the Council of Europe’s All Different All Equal campaign.The new resource attempts to accommodate the considerable changes that have occurred in Ireland over the last 10 years with regard to population diversity. The resource aims to help youth workers address issues of racism and equality with their young people. It puts these issues in a global context, highlighting the links between migration and development and between Ireland and other countries around the world.
Youth Racism, Diversity, Interculturalism Diversity 16
I’m like you, you’re like me – A child’s book about understanding and celebrating each other
A didactic book that deals with differences and similarities among all people. The message is important, but the text is somewhat repetitive and tedious. The bold, bright-bordered illustrations feature cartoonlike children of various ethnic backgrounds. Each attribute, depicted in pen and marker on posterboard, covers a two-page spread. Fleeting references are made to common concepts such as acceptance of differences, the importance of understanding through listening, thinking about the feelings of others, and accomplishing tasks through cooperation. This book could be of potential use for units on social skills. 
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All the Colours of the Earth
All the Colors of the Earth is a beautifully illustrated book that highlights the beauty of diversity. It tells about the differences in skin color and hair texture, stating out that “Children come in all the colors of love.” The pages are filled with pictures of children of various ethnicities, playing, smiling, and holding hands together, and there is even a picture of a little girl in a wheelchair. This is a wonderful book to use when teaching young children about the value of diversity. 
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All the Colours We Are – The Story of How We Get Our Skin Colour
All The Colors We Are will be a much appreciated addition to classroom and home libraries. It provides straight forward information for children, teachers, and parents that answers the often asked and hard-to-answer questions about how we get our skin color. All The Colors We Are, through a positive exploration and celebration of skin color differences, takes the power out of the prevailing color bias. The written text along with the suggested classroom activities is a powerful teaching tool for the anti-bias efforts of home and classroom. 
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Challenging Racism – Valuing Difference
Although the context is British, this book gives good ideas and useful activities to increase understanding of racism, build self respect and an appreciation of difference and diversity. 
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Challenging Racism – Valuing Difference
The Facilitators’ Guide 
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I’m no racist and what is it anyway?
Information and action on racism in Ireland 
12+ Ireland Racism Diversity 22
Celebrating Difference – promoting equality
Intercultural Education in the Irish Primary ClassroomThis resource is designed to develop sensitivity towards cultural difference in classrooms throughout Ireland by providing teachers with a framework for the integration of intercultural and antiracist education into their general class teaching.


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Hello World! – Greetings in 42 Languages Around the Globe
This deceivingly simple book encourages interest in and awareness of other languages. Children can easily memorize the words and share them with family, friends, and people in their community who may not speak English as their first language. While best suited for those who have reading ability, the volume may be read aloud to younger children, who also want to learn how to be friendly globally. 
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Nobody Else Like Me
Make music time count! A musical celebration of the diversity of children, Nobody Else Like Me gives teachers and children a joyful way to begin talking (and singing) about the ways we are different. Based on 12 songs from the CD by Grammy-nominated musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, the activities that accompany each song will help teachers deepen children’s experiences with different cultures, languages, and abilities. 
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Stereotyping of Young People Resource Pack
This resource pack should support young people and organisations of young people to recognise stereotyping and to challenge any stereotyping of young people. The resource pack is also designed to challenge any stereotyping of other groups by young people. 
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Celebrating Difference – An Intercultural Programme
This resource is a framework to enable all children to look at difference, and conduct all their relationships with people who are different in a constructive and peaceful way. 
9-14 Interculturalism, Diversity Diversity 27
Intercultural Education in the Primary School – Guidelines for Schools
Enabling children to respect and celebrate diversity, to promote equality and to challenge unfair discrimination. 
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LVEP- Living Values: An Educational Program
The character development program builds positive emotional and social skills, self-esteem, emotional intelligence and creative expression. Goals, objectives and detailed lesson plans for children ages 8-14 that explore twelve key units: 
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Spanner in the Works – Education for racial equality and social justice in white schools
This book describes over 30 projects about equality and justice. Some explore conflict, others develop understanding of the nature of prejudice and of structural discrimination in our society. 
3-11 Racism, diversity, equality Diversity 30
Anansi meets Spiderwoman
This book offers sensitive ways of understanding racist attitudes and thinking amongst younger children. 
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What? Me? A Racist?
This humorously written and informative pamphlet has been designed for teachers to use when addressing the subject of racism with young people. 
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