Topic Books about Marvellous Me for Children EYFS & KS1

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Giraffes Can't Dance 

by Giles Andreae

Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they? A funny and triumphant picture book story about a giraffe who finds his own confidence and music too.

Something Else 

by Kathryn Cave

A simple story about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong. Then Something turns up and wants to be friends. But Something Else isn't sure he's like him at all...



by David McKee

Deservedly a modern classic, with over two million copies sold worldwide, Elmer’s subtle message, that it's ok to be different, resonates with children across the world.

The Dot 

by Peter Reynolds

Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher encourages her to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that 'where there’s a dot there’s a way'…


Be Brave, Little Penguin 

by Giles Andreae

Pip-Pip would love to join in with his friends swimming in the sea, but there's just one problem ... he's scared of water. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement - and a whole lot of bravery - to finally make that leap!

The Koala Who Could

by Rachel Bright

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not ... but if you let it, change can be the making of you. A positive message about facing up to change, something that young children can sometimes struggle with.

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Only One You 

by Linda Kranz

There's only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri's mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. 

Marvelous Me: Inside and Out

by Lisa Bullard

Alex is a marvellous little boy who is just like other people in some ways, such as getting angry sometimes, but also unique because of his special laugh, his grizzly hugs, and his own interesting thoughts. 


The Hueys in the New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same. They all look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper… How will the other Hueys react? A hilarious story about individuality.

The Lion Inside

by Rachel Bright

A feel-good story rhyming story about one little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion.​ A great story to help build confidence in little ones.


Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

Norman had always been perfectly normal - until he grew a pair of wings! He has so much fun trying them out, but then he has to go in for dinner. What will everyone think? Norman feels the safest plan is to cover his wings. But hiding them proves tricky and upsetting. A poignant yet uplifting story about individuality


Mr Big 

by Ed Vere

Mr Big is strong, Mr Big is tough, Mr Big is ... BIG! He has just one small problem - because of the way he looks he just can't get people to stick around. How can he show them that although he may look a little scary, he is just a great big softy inside?


The Bear Who Stared

by Duncan Beedie

Bear doesn't mean to stare, he's just curious but too shy to say anything. But nobody likes being stared at and it soon gets Bear into trouble. Luckily a goggly-eyed frog helps Bear realise that sometimes a smile is all you need to turn a stare into a friendly hello.


by Lizzie Finlay

When Dandylion joins Miss Gardener's neat and tidy class, chaos and fun follow. But after one messy incident too many he's told to go home - he just doesn't fit in. It doesn't take long, however, for everyone to realise that being the same isn't always a good thing! 

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We're All Wonders

by R J Palacio

For younger readers, the unforgettable story of August Pullman reimagined in this picture book. With simple, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, the story shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way.


The Wonder 

by Faye Hanson

A beautiful story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. Unfortunately lots of other people all tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realises he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.

Mixed by Arree Chung

The Blues, Reds and Yellows lived in harmony. But when one of the colours proclaims they are the best, discord breaks out. But one day a Yellow befriends a Blue, and together they discover a world of different possibilities and colours. Mixed is a sweet tale of difference and acceptance.

The Bear and the Piano 

by Mem Fox

A bear stumbles upon a piano and teaches himself how to play. He is overheard by a father and son and the bear follows them to New York. His music makes him fame and fortune, but he misses those he left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging. 


The Mixed-Up Chameleon

by Eric Carle

A chameleon is living an ordinary life - changing colour and catching flies - when he comes across a zoo full of fantastic animals. But when he wishes he could be just like them, all sorts of strange things start to happen! A story about being happy with just who you are.

How To Be A Lion by Ed Vere

Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they? What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened? A powerful story celebrating daydreamers, individuality and the quiet courage to be yourself.


The Little Gardener 

by Emily Hughes

There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was). In this gentle tale Emily Hughes,  teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds. 

Shy  by Deborah Freedman

Shy loves birds, but he's only ever read about them - until one day a real bird comes along! He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem: Shy is, well, so shy that he's afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?


Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

It's a dog's life in the big city. But one dog doesn’t quite fit in and it’s lonely. She’s willing to travel all over the world to find her place, but it takes a different kind of journey to discover that where she’s meant to be is right back where she started. A beautiful story of diversity and celebrating uniqueness.

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Can I Build Another Me? 

by Shinsuke Yoshitake 

Follow a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him HIM. Is it the scar on his knee or his sticky palms? Is it his love of acorns or the way he winks? The more he thinks about it, the more complicated it becomes..


Red: A Crayon's Story

by Michael Hall 

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. Everyone tries to make him be red (let's draw strawberries!), but he is miserable. Finally, a friend offers a new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along.This funny book explores finding the courage to be true to your inner self.

The Bad Seed

by Jory John

The bad seed has a bad temper, bad manners and a bad attitude. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be - happy? A funny, touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you.



by Jess Hong

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

What Makes Me a Me?

by Ben Faulks

A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us, from Ben Faulks (known as Mr Bloom from CBeebies). Guaranteed to feed the imagination, this celebration of being who we are is perfect for inquisitive (and inventive!) little minds.