Reflecting Realities Research

Reflecting Realities is the first UK study looking at diversity in children’s literature. Funded by the Arts Council, our aim is to quantify and evaluate the extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity in children’s publishing in the UK. 

7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years (2017, 2018, 2019) feature characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

We have produced and published three reports, the three years of data shows a positive trend and reflects work that has been done but we do not yet have an output that reflects the population of our readers. We welcome a year on year rise in representation in children’s literature. We do not however think that the work has finished. In 2019 33.5% of the school population were of minority ethnic origins, in stark contrast only 5% of children’s books had an ethnic minority main character.


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From the survey of ethnic representation in UK children's literature published in 2019: 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Presence in UK Children's Literature in the last 3 Years: 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Makeup of Main Characters in UK Children's Literature in 2019: 

Alongside the publication of the third CLPE Reflecting Realities Report, Children's Reading Charity BookTrust have also published their BookTrust’s Represents Interim Research. Both research reports show some positive progress over the past three years (2017-2019), but there remains a long way to go before representation in children’s books and publishing to mirror UK society.  


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