CLPE to produce follow-up to Reflecting Realities Report with Arts Council England support

CLPE are now taking submissions from publishers for their second Survey of Ethnic Representation in Children’s Literature report, after securing two more years of funding from Arts Council England. The aim of the report is to evaluate ethnic representation in children’s publishing in the UK, determining to what extent Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) characters are represented.

Amongst the findings of the 2018 report were that out of 9115 children’s books submitted for the survey, only 4% featured BAME characters, and in only 1% of cases was the main character from a BAME background. Only one of the books submitted was defined as a comedy, with 10% of the books containing a BAME character focused on social justice issues.

Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programmes Leader at the CLPE, who is managing the survey said: “The findings of the first survey were received with such tremendous and far-reaching interest, affirming our sense that this work is much needed, valued and appreciated by all producers and consumers of literature alike. The publishers’ support was, and continues to be, integral to this as we begin the process of the 2019 survey which we hope will continue to give us all insight into representation in children’s literature and help us all to identify key learnings, trends and areas of focus in the future.”

 The closing date for submissions in this cycle will be the 25th of January 2019 with the report scheduled to be published in July 2019. Publishers are also able to receive a report or attend a presentation on their individual statistics from the CLPE. 

More information on the Reflecting Realities Report and submission guidance