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How sad and strange not to explore our diversity that can open minds! – Beverley Naidoo

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 we’ve had fantastic responses from people like author Elizabeth Laird and illustrator Jackie Morris. This week we spoke to Carnegie Award-winning author Beverley Naidoo, book blogger Read It Daddy, and librarian Matt Imrie! We asked them: “32% of school…

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Diversity Now! The publishing industry “needs to be braver”!

Our campaign to promote visibility for diverse and inclusive books has got off to a flying start! Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support! To kick off the campaign, we interviewed fantastic children’s author Elizabeth Laird and great illustrator Jion Sheibani! We asked: “32% of school children are BAME, but according to Reflecting Realities survey only 1% of the children’s books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME main character. There…

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Tiny Owl books empower girls

Happy International Women’s Day! By Meghan Sullivan Happy International Women’s Day! Last week I heard a story from a family friend which made me so angry. She said that when her child was taken to hospital and she went along with the child’s dad all the questions were directed to her. When the dad tried to talk to the doctor he was ignored, and the doctor continued to focus on the mum. This story shows…

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We are about a peaceful diverse society

An illuminating interview with Tiny Owl’s publisher   Read a wonderful interview with Delaram Ghanimifard, co-founder of Tiny Owl, by fab Jo Bowers for the English Association’s English 4 – 11 magazine.   Tiny Owl is an independent book publisher of picture books that support a peaceful and diverse society. They are currently working on a project called Intercultural Bridge, pairing authors and illustrators from different countries. Jo Bowers recently interviewed them to find out…

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Many books stay close to me because my mother read to me!

As an adopted child, I knew that I was wanted & loved because of the picture books my mum read to me. By Lindsey Jones* Ever since I was little, my mother always read to me.  As a mother should, she strived to be very close with me.  In my mind, I think she tried her hardest because I was adopted and oftentimes it is very difficult for children who are adopted to become close…

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