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BookTrust Represents: Picture Books

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World

BookTrust Represents is a three-year project created to promote children’s authors and illustrators of colour. 

Books play an important role as mirrors for children: these stories and characters will affect how they see themselves and the world around them, their motivation to read, and their aspirations to become authors and illustrators of the future. 

However, finding books that truly reflect the diversity of families in the UK is challenging. Over the past 11 years, fewer than 2% of all authors and/or illustrators of children's books published in the UK were British people of colour.

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As part of the project we have put together booklists highlighting some of our favourite picture books by authors and illustrators of colour. 

Middle Grade list

Teen list

  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers intereste…

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  • Bear Moves

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith Illustrator: Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Bear Moves

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith Illustrator: Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Ben Bailey Smith (aka “Doc Brown”) and Sav Akyüz team up again to deliver this hilariously funny sequel to I Am Bear. Its ene…

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  • Burger Boy

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Burger Boy

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Benny is a young boy who loves burgers. In fact he eats nothing else. Then one day his mother's warning comes true - he turns into…

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Little Monster claims to be sweet, but is proving to be anything but! Children will love the naughty monster snatching p…

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  • If All the World Were

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 0-5

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  • If All the World Were

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 0-5

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    This beautiful story tells the love that one little girl has for her ageing grandad. One day he isn’t there anymore, but the …

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  • Is it a Mermaid?

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Is it a Mermaid?

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Bel and Benji meet a friendly dugong, also known as a sea cow, on a tropical beach. This delightful book about friendship, im…

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  • It MUST Have Been You!

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Fatima Mian

    Interest level: 5-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • It MUST Have Been You!

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Fatima Mian

    Interest level: 5-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl gets into trouble again and again but gets love when she apologises. This is a lovely book celebrating the powe…

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola’s charming picture book gifts us with a gorgeous character in Rocket, a girl whose passion for all th…

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This joyful celebration of black hair demonstrates a range of styles and will inspire children to experiment with their own look.

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  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This captivating picture book will delight young children, encouraging them to invent their own imaginative adventures. The striki…

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  • No Baby No

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • No Baby No

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

    Amusing illustrations of a mischievous baby's exploits accompany the rhyming text, making this a book small children will want to …

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  • Specs for Rex

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Specs for Rex

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

    A perfectly judged niche story that has general appeal due to a clean text and cute character; Specs for Rex is a visual treat tha…

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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Stanley the spider is an imaginative creature who loves collecting things to incorporate into his beautifully woven web. This stun…

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  • You're Safe With Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • You're Safe With Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 3-6

    This simple story will comfort little ones and its soothing text will lull them to sleep. Accompanied with incredibly stunning and…

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  • Wild

    Author: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Wild

    Author: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    A little girl grows up in the wild woods, taught to talk by the birds, eat by the bears, and to play by the foxes. Then some very …

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