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Tiny Owl’s campaign for more visibility for diverse books continues!

Children from BAME backgrounds aren’t seeing themselves reflected in the books they read. We launched our campaign Diversity Now! to try and change this.

So far our campaign has received a fantastic response. We’ve heard from amazing people including Elizabeth Laird, Jackie Morris, Savita Kalhan and Jion Sheibani.

This week we interviewed author Ken Wilson-Max, and Laura Carter, children’s author and inclusion ambassador for Inclusive Minds.

Diversity is not something we’re fighting for, it’s something we already have. We just have to use it. – Ken Wilson-Max

Ken Wilson-Max is the author of our books The Drum and The Flute, part of our series Children. Music. Life. He challenged booksellers to highlight books by BAME authors and give them the attention they deserve.

Watch the interview:

Ken is the fab author of our series for early years, Children. Music. Life. 

We need to turn diversity representation into something proactive rather than reactive. – Laura Carter

Laura Carter

We also spoke to Laura Carter, who highlighted the importance of representation for people with disabilities:

The problem with diversity in books is that people wait for diversity in real life before they think of including it. A school might think, we’ve got an autistic kid, or a wheelchair user, or some refugees, and they rush to find something for the library to tick the inclusion box. We need to turn diversity representation into something proactive rather than reactive. Kids read books because they like reading books. If there’s a disabled character in one of their favourite stories, they won’t notice, and that’s a good thing. We need this diversity because if it becomes the ‘norm’ in a favourite book, it’ll become the ‘norm’ in everyday life. Business leaders will treat a disabled person the same in an interview because, well… they ARE the same. Different coloured skin won’t be ‘different’ any more. Family structures, whatever genders they contain, will just be accepted as a variation of life. The struggle for writers who want diversity in books is that they’re considered unusual. We don’t fit anywhere, because we’re not considered ‘mainstream’. We can’t get attention because we’re ‘specialist’, but all we want really is not to be ‘specialist’ at all.

Laura Carter is a children’s book author who focuses on characters with disabilities, and an ambassador for Inclusive Minds. You can find her on Facebook and buy her books on Amazon.

  • Read our introduction to the campaign
  • Find out what Elizabeth Laird and Jion Sheibani said about diversity!

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