Reflecting Realities Report
Created: 1st November, 2021

The Fourth Reflecting Realities Report for 2020 Shows an Increase in Minority Representation in Children's Books

We are pleased to publish our fourth Reflecting Realities report looking at Ethnic Representation in UK Children's Literature. This publication funded by Arts Council England  surveys all the children's literature (picture books, fiction and non-fiction for ages 3–11) published in the UK in the 2020 calendar. 

Key findings from the latest report include: 

  • a positive increase in children’s books featuring a minority ethnic character from 10% in 2019 to 15% in 2020. Minority representation in children’s books is up significantly from the 4% reported in the inaugural report in 2017

  • an increase in representation in picturebooks and non-fiction – representation in fiction books remains the same

  • The Reflecting Realities reports have also inspired a number of initiatives from a variety of organisations, implying positive change in the industry. 

Alongside the publication of the report is the announcement CLPE has received funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver a 3 year project (started October 2021) working with 10 schools, 300 children and charting their progress – bringing quality representative literature into the classroom. The initial findings from this work will be published by Sage in a new book from CLPE in 2023.

CLPE are also delivering webinars for schools focused on Reflecting Realities: Nurturing Reader Identity and available to book for November 2021, March 2022 and June 2022

Read the full CLPE Reflecting Realities - Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature (November 2021) .