Cultural Diversity in Children’s Books March 13, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

It was reported last year that diversity in children’s publishing is still sadly lacking.  Research by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) found that of 9,115 titles published last year, only 4% featured BAME characters.  And just 1% had a BAME main character.

This imbalance obviously needs addressing and we hope much more will be done in the coming months and years to make sure that children of all backgrounds are represented in the books they are reading.

In the meantime, we have collected together some of the great books already in print featuring strong multiracial characters.  Some of the stories here are set in other countries, allowing children a fascinating glimpse into other lands, and some show people of diverse cultures here in the UK.

Picture Books:

Longer Stories: