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June 5, 2020

We know it might not be easy but it can (and should) be done

Issues of race and racism can sometimes make for uncomfortable conversations. And in an ideal world, there would be no need for such discussions.

The bad news? We don't live in an ideal world. The good news? P...

February 27, 2019

As a black British children’s author, I’m all too familiar with issues concerning diversity (or lack thereof) in children’s literature. I’ve written about it, I’ve seen the statistics surrounding it, I continually champion the #RepresentationMatters hashtag – I get the...

July 19, 2018

BY NOW, most of us literature lovers will have digested the news that only 4% of British children's books published in 2017 featured Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) characters.

The figure comes courtesy of a UK study conducted by the Centre for Literacy and Prim...

June 14, 2018

We showcase seven superb kids-lit titles that celebrate father (and grandfather) figures!

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

In this sweet story, Jabari has to face his fears and make a giant splash! He's finished his swimming lessons and he's ready to jump off the diving boa...

June 10, 2018

NICHE. IT'S a word I became all too familiar with during my time as the entertainment editor for The Voice. 

Working for a black British publication, you quickly come to understand that ‘black’ and ‘niche’ often go hand in hand. 

Whether it was toy retailers failing to s...

March 24, 2018

For those of us who know how it feels to have our identities rarely reflected in mainstream society, it's a joy when we do.

Representation does matter. Frankly, it's ludicrous to me that anyone would say otherwise.

But of course, there are those who believe that issues c...

June 19, 2017

I’m well aware that Canada isn’t a racism-free utopia, but coming to Toronto as a Black Brit has been refreshing, Davina Hamilton writes

“If I were you, I’d stay in Canada, LOL.”

Despite the prompt to laugh out loud, I felt numb as I read this WhatsApp message from my fr...

June 9, 2017

‘For me, creating a book with black characters was a no-brainer,’ says author of Riley Can Be Anything

In my 15 years as a journalist, I’ve met plenty of fellow media professionals who longed to write a book. I was no exception.

It had long been one of my ambitions to en...