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CLPE's Reflecting Realities - Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature published 2020

We released our third Arts Council funded Reflecting Realities report on 11 November 2020. The Reflecting Realities report, identifies and evaluates representation within picture books, fiction and non-fiction for ages 3–11 and provides a benchmark to track and understand progress and a toolkit to support both producers and consumers of children’s literature to be more critically reflective in the move towards a more inclusive future.

 

 

 

The report's key points: 

  • 7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years feature characters of colour.

  • The number of children’s books published in the UK over the last three years (2017-19) featuring characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background has increased to 10% in 2019, rising from 4% in 2017, 7% in 2018 to 10% in 2019, according to CLPE.

  • CLPE’s research shows that characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background remain significantly under-representated in comparison to the UK primary school population where 33.5% of children are from a minority ethnic background.

 

Please download the full report on the left for the full findings. If you have an enquiry please download our FAQs on the left or email us.

Illustrations © Ken Wilson-Max and reproduced with his kind permission.

Booklet design: Ben Cotterill