Children's books eight times as likely to feature animal main characters than BAME people

According to UK study, just 5% of children’s books have black, Asian or minority ethnic protagonists – a small improvement from 1% in 2017Two years after the stark revelation that only 1% of British children’s books featured a main character who was black, Asian or minority ethnic, the proportion has increased to 5%, according to new analysis. But a child from an ethnic minority background is far more likely to encounter an animal protagonist when reading a book than a main character sharing their ethnicity.Two new reports into representation in children’s books are published on Wednesday, with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) finding that 5% of children’s books published in the UK last year had an ethnic minority main character, compared to 4% in 2018 and just 1% in 2017.We need to make sure that the incremental increase doesn’t make us complacent, or doesn’t make us feel like we’re kind of done Related: ‘Do black people read?’ What my years in publishing have taught me about diversity in books | Natalie Jerome Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2020-11-11 00:01:23 UTC ]
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'Alarming' study reveals only 4% of children's books feature a BAME character

Only 4% of all the children’s books published in the UK last year featured a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) character, according to “alarming” new figures from a study into ethnic representation in children’s literature. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Happy pub day to the first mainstream children’s book featuring a Sikh character.

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BAME characters should be 'more central' in children's books

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Concern for children's book market as The Book People fails to find buyer

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'New York Times Book Review' Announces Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2016

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World Book Day: British and Irish children head to school dressed as book-based characters

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair: Early Announcements of 2021 Features

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Netflix is turning Lupita Nyong’o’s children’s book into an animated musical.

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Read Harder: A Children’s Book That Centers a Disabled Character But Not Their Disability

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Read Harder: An Own Voices YA Book With a Black Main Character That Isn’t About Black Pain

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Marcus Rashford's book club couldn't come at a better time – children's reading is at a 15-year low

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What if the main character of your favorite classic book were black? A publisher makes it so

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Is this inclusive? Why only 4% of children's book heroes are BAME – video

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S&S UK Children's signs three-book deal with animator Steve Small

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‘What’s taking so long?’: children’s books still neglect BAME readers, finds study

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Slight increase in BAME representation in children's books, CLPE report finds

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