Kenny Lives with Erica and Martina

'Kenny lives with Erica and Martina' is an original story by Olly Pike, and is inspired by the 1981 book 'Jenny lives with Eric and Martin' by the Danish author Susanne Bösche.

Olly's book tells the story of Kenny whose grey world soon becomes a lot more colourful with the arrival of some new neighbours.


Kenny and his mums welcome the change, but this can't be said for everyone who lives on their street. Kenny has to somehow let everyone know that being different is not something to be afraid of. 

'Kenny lives with Erica and Martina' aims to teach children about diversity, equality and acceptance and includes​​ lesson ideas and discussion points for KS1 and KS2.

A story to teach children about diversity, equality and acceptance

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Director, UK Black Pride

'Olly's books and resources play a crucial role in the quest for a united society. His work will help to shape the hearts and minds, not just of children, but of parents too.'


Jac Bastian, Head of Education, Diversity Role Models

'We know that teachers are always looking for new, exciting ways to explore diversity, equality and inclusion. This book is the perfect way to start these vital conversations in the classroom.'

David Braniff-Herbert, National Education Union

'A beautifully told story... One which ultimately demonstrates hope at the end of the rainbow, bravo.' 

Khakan Qureshi, Founder, Finding A Voice

'A fantastic little read! Thank you Olly for tackling equality, diversity and inclusivity in a way which is easy to understand and very accessible for children.' 

Tim Ramsey, Chief Executive, Just Like Us

'Whether you're a teacher or a parent, ‘Kenny Lives with Erica and Martina’ is a brilliant and fun way to introduce kids to different families, help tackle prejudice and teach them why diversity is something to celebrate.'

Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation

'It's time to ensure that every child grows up understanding and embracing diversity, equality and respect. This terrific story is not only an essential resource for combating LGBT+ related bullying, but it will inspire the next generation of young people and human rights campaigners.'