Subscription company sends you books with ethnic minority characters

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Subscription company sends you books with ethnic minority characters



(Picture: Little Box of Books)Only 1% of children’s books published in 2017 had a BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) main character, yet 32% of UK schoolchildren are of BAME origin.
So why should these youngsters grow up reading only about children who look nothing like them?
On World Book Day, as children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character, one book company wants people to think about the lack of characters that come in different skin tones.
Little Box of Books is a children’s subscription service that send out books only with characters from minority backgrounds.
They want youngsters to have more options on World Book Day so that almost a third of pupils don’t find it difficult to dress up as a character of their own ethnicity.
The company has also set up pop up shops in schools with costumes for children to dress as characters that look like them.

(Picture: Little Box of Books)Director and founder of Little Box of Books, Lynsey Pollard noticed the lack of diversity when she read to her five-year-old child.
She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Of course, children can wear whatever costume they want, they don’t have to dress up as someone of their own ethnicity.
‘But it’s about having the choice. World Book Day is an amazing celebration of the magical world of children’s books.
‘With increased representation of all children in books, including race, culture, disabilities and gender it could be even better.’
The organisation has put together a list of books with BAME main characters which include Julian is a Mermaid, Juniper Jupiter, Molly Rogers Pirate Girl and more.
‘It’s essential that you see yourself in the books you read,’ adds Lynsey. ‘It shows you’re important, you’re normal and you can be anything you want to be.’
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