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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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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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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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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