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
.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
We asked our subscribers to write letters and draw pictures for elderly care home residents.
Being aware of what is influencing our children.
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
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. And that other countries addressing their own structural racism should look to the UK as an example. The Macpherson Report published in 1999 in response to the racially…Read story
‘Diverse books’ is not a genre We are asked a lot to provide ‘diverse books’. It’s one of the search terms people use to find us on Google and we use it in blogs and other information because generally, most people know what we’re talking about and we need people to find us. But if…Read story
Transforming school bookshelves is a crucial step towards equality.
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
Last night the Guardian reported on the horrendous rate of school exclusion for children of black, Asian and minority ethnic origins. They revealed that Gypsy, Roma and traveller children are nine times more likely to be suspended in some areas of the country than their white counterparts, while black Caribbean pupils are being excluded at…Read story
Helping schools to get Ofsted ready