Using picture books to combat racism

The ongoing diversity debate in kid lit (and society at large) is essential - and it’s not going away. This week I’ll explain the role picture books have in shaping the minds of the future, and what you can do to help build a more tolerant society.

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Why Elephant and Piggie make me laugh

I absolutely love this comedy duo. Created by Mo Willems, they truly are a delight to read. It’s Elephant and Piggie!

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Rabbits and mice and bears (oh my!)

Looking at the lack of diversity in picture books from a different angle today - why the need for the same old animals all the time? What about the weasels?

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Rejected - But Hopeful

Choosing to carry on when the creative journey gets hard, and finding encouragement in kidlit classics that were initially rejected.

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Story Seeds

Story seeds are full of potential. And when we find one, it's our responsibility to curate it and cultivate it. Because who knows what they might become? Not convinced? Just ask Aslan.

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A mad tea-party

Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter’s remark seemed to her to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English. Celebrating the nonsense of that tea party - and how it came to feature in my book, The Big Book Adventure.

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Into the Woods

Traditionally, kids’ books are more likely to warn of the dangers awaiting readers who stray off the path and head into the woods, than encourage us to seek out their solitude. Is it time to have a rethink? Celebrating the portrayal of woodlands in kids’ books - and a wonderful example to redress the balance.

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