Reflecting Realities - Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature (Sep 2019 )

We released our second Arts Council funded Reflecting Realities report on 19 September 2019. The Reflecting Realities: Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature 2018 shows that there has been an increased presence of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) characters in children’s books published in 2018, compared to the previous year.  This is the second year the survey has been conducted in the UK, with the aim of identifying and highlighting representation within picture books, fiction and non-fiction for ages 3 – 11.



The Report's key points:

 - Overall increase in books featuring a BAME character – from 4% in 2017 to 7% in 2018.

-  Increase in the number of BAME main protagonists – from 1% in 2017 to 4% in 2018.

-   There is still a long way to go to achieve representation that reflects the UK population.

 -  Report offers analysis and advice to ensure representation of BAME people is positive and authentic in children’s books, and highlights good practice

Download the report from our menu for the full findings.