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BookTrust Represents: Picture Books

Nimesh the Adventurer

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 hightling some of our favourite picture books by authors and illustrators of colour. 

Middle Grade list

Teen list

  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    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

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  • Bear Moves

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith Illustrator: Sav Akyüz

    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

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  • Burger Boy

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka

    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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  • Is it a Mermaid?

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

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  • Is it a Mermaid?

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

    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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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    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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  • No Baby No

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

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  • No Baby No

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

    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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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

    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

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  • You're Safe With Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    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

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  • Wild

    Author: Emily Hughes

    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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