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)

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

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews

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

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

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

Featured Topics

On Diversity in Children’s Books

This post is the first in a series of features on diversity in children's books. This particular one doesn't contain any book suggestions, but please keep on reading. I'd like to talk a bit about why diversity is so important. It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that children are shaped largely by their environment and… Continue reading On Diversity in Children’s Books

Reviews

Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens

A fantastic series of schoolgirl capers that draw as much from Sherlock Holmes as Malory Towers, the Wells and Wong Mysteries are an absolutely delightful series of books about Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, investigators extraordinaire! The first book, Murder Most Unladylike, takes place at Deepdean School for girls, where they find a teacher dead… Continue reading Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens