Thursday, 10 July 2014

Cultural Diversity in Children's Books

As a mixed race person, I am and always have been, naturally conscious of brown faces in Children's Books. Here are great examples of cultural diversity in children's literature without the bells and whistles. All we do is simply include everyone. It's as easy as that. Growing up in the seventies, Shirley Hughes's work reflected life in the UK as it was, diverse and ethnically mixed. She always included everyone; we felt part of her books. Cultural polarisation of either black or white people by it's very nature excludes.




The fantastic Shirley Hughes



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The stunning work of Jane Ray


The amazing David Roberts


Lauren Child


How does it look when you leave people out?



A lovely illustration but...

 an all white crowd at a city zoo...?