Book called Front Desk by Kelly Yang about a young girl who has emigrated to the US from China. The book is a great example of diverse representation in children's books

Reflecting Realities: Representation in children’s books

The 2021 Reflecting Realities report was released last week. The headlines showed positive improvements in the representation of characters of black, Asian and minority ethnic origins in children’s books. Ths year we saw that 15% of the children’s picture books, fiction and non-fiction titles published in 2020 featured characters of black, Asian and minority ethnic…Read story

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Diverse books are necessary for all children and schools

We need diverse books

We speak to schools a lot because schools need books. And they desperately need diverse books. We all need diverse books. Before I had my children I hadn’t looked at children’s books for 30 years. I had no need. It was only when I was a single Mum, reading to my baby son that I…Read story

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A photograph of author Trish Cooke.

Ten Questions with Trish Cooke

DROP EVERYTHING!!! We interviewed the book legend that is Trish Cooke! Trish Cooke’s heart-warming book celebrates family. The baby realises that all his family members want a squeeze because they all love him so much. Helen Oxenbury (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) gives delightful illustrations to this rhythmic text. We chatted to Trish Cooke….Read story

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Reflecting Realities Report findings

Reflecting Realities

Today we share good news from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and their annual Reflecting Realities report. The latest Report shows that ethnic representation in children’s books has increased. In 2017, only 1% of the children’s books published featured a main character of black, Asian or minority ethnic origins. This year, the report…Read story

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