When I was growing up in the 1980s I don't remember ever seeing girls like me reflected back in the books I was reading. In fact, according to research carried out by the charity Booktrust, over the past 11 years, fewer than 2% of all authors and/or illustrators of children’s books published in the UK were British people … Continue reading Why diversity in children’s books really matters
Promoting change after the blackout. What happened when I contacted my four year old son's primary school to see what they are doing to promote diversity and positive black history.
I didn't expect my son, who is 2 years and 10 months old to notice things like skin colour and different types of hair from such an early age. I guess, since his parents look different, I'm of Indian descent and Dad's English but of Irish descent, he might have been a bit more aware … Continue reading Why I’m talking to my toddler about the colour of my skin
Sometimes the most impromptu conversations get you thinking about what complications may lay ahead for your child. My sister and I were recently chatting over a cup of tea and she mentioned our mum had taken my niece to the park a couple of weeks ago and a little boy questioned her ethnicity. Well, it … Continue reading A child’s take on diversity