Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world. It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.Penguin Random House – Lit in Colour
ResourceView detailsExplore our digital map of Black and Black British authors, illustrators, publishers and bookshops from all over the UK, along with recommended book lists. ResourceView detailsA curated collection of our resources to support diversity in book collections and literacy teaching. ResourceView detailsAn engaging transition project based on Shaun Tan’s CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning book, Tales from the Inner City. ResourceView detailsExplore intercultural understanding using four beautifully illustrated anthologies of poems and stories from around the world, with comprehensive supporting resources.
Puffin World of StoriesRun in partnership with Puffin, supporting primary schools to reinvigorate school libraries and reading spaces and champion reading for pleasure.Learn more
Virtual School LibraryOur Virtual School Library ensures that children have access to stories all year round, introducing them to a diverse and inspiring range of authors.Visit now
Diversity and children and young people’s reading in 2020Our new research into diversity in children’s literature shows that a third of children don’t see themselves in books they readRead our research
From our partners
We are supporting the Lit in Colour campaign from our partners Penguin Random House and are proud to champion the work of CLPE and Facing History.
Lit in Colour
The campaign aims to support schools to make the teaching and learning of English Literature more inclusive, and increase students’ access to books by writers of colour and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
You will find a range of resources for primary and secondary, including a presentation for staff meetings, an audit tool as well as book lists.
CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Report provides really useful guidance to help anyone working with or choosing books for primary-age children to identify what constitutes a high quality, ethnically representative inclusive text.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an organisation which enables teachers to integrate the study of history, literature, and human behaviour with ethical decision-making and innovative teaching strategies, in order to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning.