Diversity in Children's Books, Reviews

A Story Like The Wind by Gill Lewis (illustrated by Jo Weaver)

There is a boat. It isn't even really a boat - just a toy dinghy really.  And in that boat a group of refugees sit. It's cold. It's dark. It's frightening. The sea is rising. And there is a boy with a violin, who starts to tell them a story. I picked this book up… Continue reading A Story Like The Wind by Gill Lewis (illustrated by Jo Weaver)

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Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, in spite of the Christmas holidays being in full swing! Amongst the festivities (which I spent abroad in Sweden - I'm actually writing this on the plane back!) I was given the chance to have a sneaky early peek at a copy of The Eye of the… Continue reading Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews, Top Picks

Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

Part of my series on Diversity in Children's Books. LGBTQ characters in children's books are constantly a source of controversy. Have a look at any list of banned books and you won't have to go far to find characters who come under this umbrella term. To be honest, I get quite weary of the controversy.… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

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Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Another of my diversity in children's books posts, this post focusses on self-identified BAME, disabled, and queer authors. First up: why is it important to hear stories from these authors? Honestly, I think it's a bit depressing that this is a question, but publishing is so dominated by a particular white, middle-class group of people… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

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Rudai 23: Thing 13 – A Reflective Post

This post is part of the Rudai23 CPD Course. Thing 10 Just prior to starting my Rudai 23 course I created a professional twitter ID (@thedinobrarian) for the purposes of networking and generally discussing library-related things. This was something which had actually been suggested to me by others at a Booktrust ‘Start the Story’ Event,… Continue reading Rudai 23: Thing 13 – A Reflective Post

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Rudai 23: Thing 12

This particular post is part of the Rudai 23 CPD course. School Library work can be quite a solitary affair, however there are some really fantastic opportunities to work with other members of staff. Most recently I’ve worked with a group of staff on the transformation of our computing curriculum. When doing this work we… Continue reading Rudai 23: Thing 12

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Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability

Part of my series on Diverse children's books. For more information check out the tags. First of all, I'd like to say that I've reached out to others for a bit of help with putting together this list. Whilst I have family members who have disabilities, I am not disabled myself, and so I wanted… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability