BookTrust Represents

BookTrust Represents is a programme created to promote and improve the representation of people of colour in children’s books so that all children read a range of books that reflect them and their wider communities. 

Since 2019 BookTrust Represents has reached over 93,496 children across England with free books and school author events. We’ve created memorable learning moments for children by working with some of the UK’s leading authors and illustrators of colour in children’s literature and bringing them into the classroom virtually and in person.

Why representation matters

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. Children's books can shape how young readers from minority backgrounds see themselves as well as how readers from the more dominant culture see and understand diversity. The absence of an inclusive range of characters or creative role models in children's literature has the potential to deter children from minority backgrounds from reading and experiencing the associated benefits.


Read BookTrust’s research with UCL on representation of people of colour among children's book creators in the UK (2022)

Read CLPE's research on ethnic representation of characters in children's literature here Reflecting Realities

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