BAME children need books that represent them

I want to let you know that we are a bi-racial family.

I am white. My wife is Asian-American.

Our children are bi-racial.

Representation of diversity in books is very important.

Our kids have a lot of books, but most of them only feature white people.

Here are some of their books that show people of colour, of different races, from different countries and cultures.

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Izzy Gizmo is a black girl who likes inventing things, and Miles Morales (AKA Spiderman) is a bi-racial superhero.

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Fishing with Pop is about a black grandfather and his grandson, while Mama Panya’s Pancakes is about a family in Kenya.

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Cora cooks a traditional Filipino dish with her Asian-American family, and the Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories is self-explanatory.

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Disney’s Moana is about a Polynesian girl, while The Last Kids On Earth features a racially diverse cast of characters.

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Rainbow Bird is set in an unnamed South American country.

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How Are You Feeling Today? features a surprisingly diverse cast of children. All books should be more like this.

I wish this list were longer, but these are pretty much all the diverse children’s books that we have in our house.

We need more.

Thankfully, there is a bookshop in London, called Round Table Books* that aims to “celebrate underrepresented children’s books, writers and illustrators.” Many of the books they stock feature BAME main characters.

*Unfortunately they are unable to process online orders at the moment due to the pandemic, but I will order books from them in the future.

Inclusive and diverse children’s books go a long way in the fight against racism.

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