The DBS Library is a wonderful environment in which discovery and exploration of differences take place, highlighting diverse resources which also correlates with the half term theme ‘One Planet’. DBS students immediately see and connect to a larger world around them, reading picture books, non-fiction and novels. The display is a fantastic representation of some of the DBS core values of internationalism and interculturalism, and students will be able to continue to educate themselves, creating a global respect for each other’s differences and aspiring to change the future.
All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold (Picture book) This picture book describes a school where all kids are welcomed with open arms and respect is given to each student’s differences in background, skin colour, and traditions, and the book examines the everyday commonalities that they share.
New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)
This book, which was the first graphic novel to win a Newbery Medal, follows Jordan Banks—a black boy from Washington Heights, New York—as he enrols in a school where he’s one of the few kids of colour. It perfectly illustrates negative reactions, from both well-intentioned and not-so-well-intentioned peers, and also from teachers who make assumptions about the new kid based on his race and background.
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson (Fiction)
Woodson’s poetry explains what it was like to grow up black in the ’60s and ’70s, with a mounting awareness of the civil rights movement. Each emotionally charged story comes from a young writer raised in South Carolina and New York, searching for her place in the world.
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (Non-Fiction)
A triumphant, loving, and wholly child-centered collection of works which seeks to answer the question ‘what shall we tell our children?’ in this divisive world.