A photograph of a selection of books that feature authentic representation.

Why Authentic Representation Matters in Fiction

Why Authentic Representation Matters in Fiction Little Box of Books are big advocates for authentic representation in children’s books. Today, we’re going to talk about why.   #OwnVoices If you look at the websites of literary agents and publishers, some will say that they are actively looking for #ownvoices material. This hashtag signifies that the…Read story

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A photograph of a football. Little Box of Books discusses racism in football.

Football and racism

We’re talking about what everybody else is talking about this week. The racist treatment of Saka, Rashford and Sancho, the three black England players who took penalties in Sunday’s European final at Wembley. As this played out, we all probably witnessed the  shock and outrage expressed in the news and on social media. I think…Read story

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A picture of the Guardian article on rates of school exclusion.

Tackling Racism in School

Last night the Guardian reported on the horrendous rate of school exclusion for children of black, Asian and minority ethnic origins. In some parts of the country, Gypsy, Roma and traveller children are nine times more likely to be suspended than their white counterparts. Meanwhile, black Carribean and mixed race pupils are excluded at four times…Read story

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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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A photograph of the news article that first discussed how working-class white boys are disadvantaged.

Comments by the Education Select Committee

The Education Select Committee this week said that white working-class boys are the most neglected section of society. And suggested the phrase  ‘white privilege ’not be used in schools because it’s divisive.  If you missed the story, you can catch up on it here. When we at Little Box of Books talk publicly about what…Read story

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Suthentic Representation is crucial. This year we look at Christmas adverts and particularly the Disney advert which features a blended family and an interracial couple, but it does it hit the spot?

Christmas Adverts 2021

It’s December! In other words, all the Christmas adverts have been up for a while. Each year, the competition becomes fiercer for how imaginatively big brands can convince us to spend with them. Now for the Little Box of Books assessment of their faults and merits.  Disney  If you didn’t see the Christmas advert in…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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Report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities concerning institutional racism.

Our thoughts on the Race Report

Our Thoughts on the Race Report The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities have released their report on institutional racism. It claims that there is no evidence of institutional racism in the UK. Moreover, it encourages other countries addressing their own structural racism should look to the UK as an example. The Macpherson Report published…Read story

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