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Great resources for teaching diverse literature

The blog Read Teach Learn Think, run by Matthew Courtney, has published a great list of resources for teaching diverse literature. They included Tiny Owl as one of their go-to sites for teachers looking to diversify their class’ reading. Have a look at his recommendations! The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education recently published their #ReflectingRealities report which highlighted that only 1% of the children’s books published in the UK in 2017 featured a BAME main character.…

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Twit Twoo! Joining the debate on diversity

Welcome to the newest episode of our weekly video series Twit Twoo! New research by the Guardian shows that the top selling children’s books overwhelmingly exclude female and BAME characters. If you’ve been reading the news or social media this week, you’ve probably seen this fantastic article from Donna Ferguson, which tackles the shocking lack of diversity in bestselling children’s books. As a publisher of diverse and inclusive children’s books, who have been working to…

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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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Diversity Now! Are you in?

Introducing our campaign for inclusive books In 2018, CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) published their report into the representation of BAME characters in children’s books, with some truly damning results. While 32% of school children in the UK are from BAME backgrounds, only 4% of children’s books have any BAME characters. Of these, only 1% had a BAME main character. Children from black, Asian and other minority backgrounds simply aren’t seeing themselves reflected…

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Reflecting on the reality!

 A response to the results of CLPE’s report on diversity in children’s books  By Simran Divatia, a second-generation Indian based in Reading  The first time I read a book that had a main character that looked like me, I was 11. It was many years too late, because I had spent most of my childhood feeling as though the magical adventures, schoolgirl mischief or secret mysteries I so loved to read about were things that…

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