The Reading Differences project was established in March 2006 as a collaboration between QCA (now QCDA) and CPLE. Its rationale was to help children to be familiar with literature from other countries and cultures. Its principle aim was both to develop within children a knowledge of what to read but more crucially ways of reading.
The project was informed by the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) who recommended that a key priority for all schools was to take account of cultural diversity in planning the curriculum and 'as a matter of urgency education must help young people... to engage with and respect cultural perspectives different from their own. This also included an understanding that children need to have insight into other ways of living'.
Part D (pg 10) of the project discussion paper suggests that children's books are a way of learning about life.
This resource provides teaching resources / ideas about ways of teaching to support community cohesion through the promotion of understanding of similarities and differences. There are leaflets provided to introduce Key Stage 2 texts and ideas to support their use as well as an extensive reading list. Furthermore, specific planning and teaching materials are provided on specific texts including poetry, picture books and novels (see weblinks below). The resource can also be supplemented with a wide range of other books, which are briefly described in the annotated book list (see weblink below).