Books are windows on the world for children, enabling them to see and experience the lives of others, which may be very different from their own – or surprisingly similar. 

Building empathy and understanding in children has never been more important and we are delighted to present a selection of the very best books on the Macmillan Children's Books list which help to do exactly that.

There are stories of Syrian refugees, of student protestors, of wartime evacuees and economic migrants, of teenagers with autism and families with same-sex parents - many lives are represented here. To help you support conversations around the wide range of experiences, we have provided discussion notes for each book.


Download the discussion notes for School of Skylarks


Download the discussion notes for Coming to England


Download the discussion notes for Tender Earth


Download the discussion notes for The Lotterys Plus One


Download the discussion notes for Welcome to Nowhere


Download the discussion notes for The State of Grace


Download the discussion notes for 928 Miles from Home