11 November 2020 Share
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and BookTrust Represents have joined forces to help tackle representation in children’s books and to help drive long-term and systemic change in children’s literature and publishing. The findings from their latest reports show that representation in children’s books is still not reflective of society. They are calling on the publishing industry and those who work with children’s books to improve the representation of characters in children’s books and of the authors and illustrators responsible for them.
Key figures show:
• 3% growth in the number of authors and illustrators of colour published in the UK in the last two years
• 7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years feature characters of colour
Research from BookTrust Represents' Interim Research and CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature, both report some positive progress over the past three years (2017-2019), but there remains a long way to go for representation in children’s books and publishing to mirror UK society.
Full details on press release here.