Whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle or just someone who’s stumbled across Lit in Colour, many of us will be curious to know more about what English literature is like in school today.
Read a quick summary of the research, which looked into what is currently being taught in both primary and secondary schools in the UK, what barriers might be preventing more books by writers of colour being included in the curriculum, and what needs to happen to make change.
By starting a conversation about the lack of representation in the English curriculum, we hope to raise awareness of the need for change and why having access to a more representative range of stories matters for all students.
Take a look at your own child’s bookshelves to see how many books you have by Black, Asian or minority ethnic writers. If you have a younger child, how many of their books feature a main character who is not white? Have this front of mind when you next buy books or borrow from your local library.
You can browse our bookshop.org Lit in Colour recommended reading list for young people of different ages below. Bookshop.org is an online bookshop supporting independent, local bookshops across the UK. The list includes books published by Penguin, as well as other publishers.
One secondary school in London decided to add a modern text that tackles racism, homophobia and teenage pregnancy to their GCSE course. We paid a visit to see what impact it had on the students.
Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo on why she is supporting Lit in Colour, a campaign from Penguin and the Runnymede Trust to support schools to diversify the teaching of English literature.