Representations is a series of events and resources designed to support schools with engaging pupils in conversations surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion in children’s literature.
The first Representations event was held on 11th July 2019 at Springwood Heath Primary School and brought together 50 pupils between the ages of 8 and 13 from 16 different schools to discuss their feelings surrounding representation in children’s literature. The event included child speakers, discussion points and opportunities to explore a wide range of books.
Following this event, schools asked us if we could host the speeches/videos so that they could share these with their pupils back in schools. We have now started to put together a suite of resources that schools can use to explore issues regarding inclusivity and diversity in children’s books both with staff and pupils.
We are now looking at holding further Representations events which will allow us to explore the issues raised at the first mini-conference further. Feedback from pupils suggested that they would like a separate event for secondary that will allow us to look more closely at teen and YA fiction as well as representation at events from members of the publishing industry.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Representations events or are a member of the publishing industry who thinks that they can support us in answering some of our young people’s questions please get in touch with Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org