Diverse Libraries

The CLPE Reflecting Realities Research found that in 2019 33.5% of the school population were of minority ethnic origins, in stark contrast only 5% of children’s books had a main character from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. 

If you are looking for ideas for increase the diversity of the books in your school library, there are now a wealth of useful resources for you. We have listed a few below to whet your appetite, but there are many more on the links below.

  • Follow @widerreads or #ReflectingRealities on Twitter for regular recommendations. 
  • The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) provides a large number of free booklists on specific themes, including Black History and Refugee Experiences.
  • BAME Educators Network have a large list of diverse books and suppliers on their website page here.
  • Diverse Books is a US site, but includes many books available in the UK and has useful search and filter functions to find the material to fill your gaps.
  • Tiny Owl is a UK publisher specialising in books that promote inclusive values and celebrate other cultures.

Senior Library
Afua Hirsch – Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging – Amazon link
Akala – Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Amazon link
Adam Rutherford – How to argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality – Amazon link
Bennie Kara – Diversity in Schools: A little guide for teachers – Amazon Link

Junior library
Matthew Cherry: Hair LoveAmazon link
Trish Cooke: So Much, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury – Amazon link
David Olusoga – Black and British: A short, essential history – Amazon link