FREE TO BE ME is a project that celebrates diversity, representation and inclusion in book for children and young people aged 0–18, to be ensure equity and visibility, so that all children
can see themselves reflected and celebrated in the books they read and in the stories and images they hear and see and are offered equality of participation in all aspects of their cultural lives.
In this guide you will find nearly 370 carefully selected books broken down by age and by genre: fiction, poetry and non-fiction.
This accessible edition of the guide is supported online by a database of included titles, listing all the accessible formats and languages titles are published in.
The criteria for inclusion is ‘excellence’: we take our role as curators of quality literature very seriously and believe all children deserve to experience books that reflect their realities
and give them the opportunity to broaden their world to experience realities beyond their own, to provide a sense of ownership and belonging across a diversity of identities and to stoke a sense of solidarity.
We hope that this collection of truly excellent books helps to facilitate conversations and develop young people’s values, attitudes and knowledge, better equipping them to fully participate in and help to mould and build a more equitable society, ensuring that all children and their families feel welcomed, valued, celebrated and respected.
We want to support and encourage the potential of all children and young people in Ireland to learn about and better understand the richness and beauty of difference, and to know and understand their responsibility to protect each other’s right to be different and to live free from discrimination.
Every child has the right to be free to be themselves