Everyone belongs: Books to read for Harmony Week
School playgrounds across the nation will soon turn orange, as little ones celebrate what it means to be inclusive with Harmony Week. In 2023 Harmony Week runs from March 20 – 26 and there are a huge amount of resources online for celebrating Harmony Week in your school here.
As well as getting to wear orange mufti to school for a designated day (my kids call this ‘orange day’ – the colour signifying meaningful conversations), kids engage in all sorts of activities reminding us just how vibrant Australia is thanks to multiculturalism.
At the crux of all this fun (and LOTS of orange!) is a message of inclusiveness, respect and why everyone, from the traditional custodians of the land to those from around the world who now call Australia home, should feel like they belong.
There are also some wonderful books that will help to bring home the ‘everyone belongs’ message and Megan’s favourites are below. Happy Harmony week, EVERYONE!
INCLUSIVE BOOKS TO CELEBRATE HARMONY WEEK
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‘We are all Equal’
‘Our Home, Our Heartbeat’
‘I’m Australian Too’
‘Wide Big World’
‘Under the Love Umbrella’
‘Whoever You Are’
‘My Two Blankets’
‘Bat vs Poss’
‘Room on our Rock’
Lana Hallowes is an online writer and mum of two boys. She recently adopted a rescue puppy, so feels like there's also a wayward toddler living in her house. When she isn't mumming or working, she's ignoring the housework and reading a good book.
It’s wonderful to see and “hear” you share that you and the girls acknowledge Earth Hour each and every year. Well done for being such an impressive role model and “walking the talk”!!
It’s also fabulous to read the Acknowledgment to Country on the blog. Thank you.
I hope and pray childrensbooksdaily will also publically acknowledge and celebrate Dyslexia Awareness week/day this year as it has done in years past. As many of us know learning differences don’t “go away” and they have lifelong impacts on the individual concerned and their families.