BookTrust Represents: Picture Books
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.
As part of the project we have put together booklists hightling some of our favourite picture books by authors and illustrators of colour.
Author: Hena Khan Illustrator: Mehrdokht AminiFlip
Author: Hena Khan Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
This beautifully designed picture book with exquisite illustrations explores a variety of shapes relating to Islamic objects and p…; Flip
Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Naomi WrightFlip
Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Naomi Wright
Kechi’s Mum knows lots of different ways to style her big beautiful curly hair. But when it’s Kechi’s Daddy who has to take h…; Flip
Author: Various Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi Editor: Danielle WrightFlip
Author: Various Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi Editor: Danielle Wright
Printed beside each rhyme is its native language version. The illustrations are designed to attract even the youngest au…; Flip
Author: Michael De Souza Illustrator: Genevieve WebsterFlip
Author: Michael De Souza Illustrator: Genevieve Webster
Rastamouse and his crime-fighting team save the day. Children will want their parents to read this book to them again and aga…; Flip