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.
We are now developing our range of Representations resources in order to explore the issues raised at the first mini-conference further. Feedback from pupils suggested that they would like separate events/resources for secondary that will allow us to look more closely at teen and YA fiction.
As part of our work on anti-racism and diversity, we have developed a free book pack for secondary schools that is available to LLP member schools. This pack contains books by Black authors and featuring Black characters for pupils in KS3. The pack also includes access to a CPD video for teachers/librarians about representation of diversity (particularly regarding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic characters and authors) in literature as well as a booklet featuring resources to use in class and further reading booklists. These resources are designed to support staff in embedding these texts into their work in school and to support conversations arising from the use of the books.
You can also find a list of books relating to Black History, Anti-Racism and other related topics on our Bookshop.org storefront. Books purchased through this link will allow LLP to receive 10% of sales (which will further support our charitable work) and a further 10% will go to independent bookshops.