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Tiny Owl books promote diversity and inclusiveness! – Matthew Courtney

Visit our bookstore We are pleased and proud that teacher Matthew Courtney, author of the Read Teach Learn Think blog, has suggested our books to educators in order to promote diversity and inclusiveness! Tiny Owl believes that all children should be able to see themselves reflected in the books that they read! In July 2018, CLPE published a report, Reflecting Realities, which showed that the representation of diversity within children’s books was incredibly poor. Only 4%…

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1% makes children feel invisible

A poem about diversity in literature by Simran Divatia The release of CLPE’s report Reflecting Realities left many people disappointed but perhaps not surprised by the results. The report had revealed a huge lack of diversity within children’s books, showing that in 2017, only 4% featured BAME characters, with only 1% of books having BAME main characters. Simran, an intern with Tiny Owl, captured her own feelings about the report in a poem, speaking as an…

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Reflecting Realities will let “everyone breathe a lot better”!

A blog post by author Beverley Naidoo in response to CLPE’s ‘Reflecting Realities’ report   Following the publication of CLPE’s report Reflecting Realities, award-winning author Beverley Naidoo responds to the results and shares her thoughts on the need for diversity in children’s literature. Read her fantastic blog post below:  Recently CLPE (Centre for Language in Primary Education) published its report Reflecting Realities  into how children’s fiction and non-fiction books published in 2017 for 3-11 year olds reflect…

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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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Publishers should cross barriers and make a CHANGE

Interview with two indie small publishers in response to the CLPE report on diversity in children’s books This week, CLPE released their brilliant report, Reflecting Realities, which documented the ethnic diversity of children’s literature in the UK in 2017. This is the first time that this kind of survey of UK children’s books has been carried out, and it has revealed a huge lack of representation and diversity. Only 4% of children’s books featured BAME…

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