The Guardian looks into the topic of representation of non-white children in kid’s books in this interesting documentary.
Despite ethnic minorities making up around 13% of the UK’s population, the number of non-white people in children’s books is extremely low. In the documentary, we hear from some children who would like to see their ethnic group represented more in the books that they read and we learn about the negative impacts that underrepresentation can have.
We also find out about the lack of diversity that there is amongst the authors of children’s books. The amount of ethnic minorities who’re writing kid’s books is tiny, which is in part why we see less diversity on the pages. The Guardian meets a budding author who has created a book series built around a black main character in an effort to help children of that race feel more represented in their school time reading. It’s a charming short doc that shows us what it can feel like to be left out because of your background.
The Guardian|Grace Shutti|Documentary
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