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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 the report

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.

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Read the Lit in Colour report

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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.

We've made a range of downloadable social assets which you can use below. Feel free to tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Read the full results and recommendations


Buy books by writers of colour for a young person in your life (or borrow from your local library)

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 Lit in Colour recommended reading list for young people of different ages below. is an online bookshop supporting independent, local bookshops across the UK. The list includes books published by Penguin, as well as other publishers.

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