BookTrust Represents: Research into representation of people of colour among children’s book authors and illustrators

We know from years of experience that representational voices in children’s books are important for all children from all backgrounds. That’s why we have set up this far-reaching research project with University College London.

The British children’s book sector is thriving. More children’s books are sold in the UK than ever before. 

However, our research shows that the group of people that create these books do not reflect the makeup of the UK.

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

'It’s clear from this research that there is still a way to go before we have a truly representative canon of children’s literature. However, this report also highlights the positive things that are happening across the sector... 
'We’re interested in making real change, so we’re using this pioneering research as a springboard for our BookTrust Represents project to support and encourage more authors and illustrators of colour to become successful children’s book creators.' Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO

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Read the full BookTrust Represents report

This 2019 report was authored by Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at University College London, and was commissioned by BookTrust, the UK's largest children's reading charity. 

BookTrust Represents

Our project promotes and supports children’s authors and illustrators of colour, so young readers find the books that represent them.

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