All our stories: celebrating ethnic diversity in primary reading

, 16:00 – 17:30 FREE
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Discover inspiring ways to develop and use an inclusive collection of books with children at your school.

Discover inspiring ways to increase the diversity of ethnic representation in the books that children encounter at your school.

Perfect for Primary teachers and Literacy Coordinators, this event is an exciting collaboration between the British Library, Seven Stories, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Newcastle University.

Join Farrah Serroukh and Professor Karen Sands-O'Connor as they discuss the past, present and future of ethnic representation in British children's books in the context of CLPE's Reflecting Realities reports.

Enjoy a practical workshop from Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children's Books. Creative Associate Megan Hopper-Layton will share top tips for exploring and sharing high quality and impactful books.

Take a tour of the free resources on the British Library's Discovering Children's Books website. Creative educator Joanna Brown will suggest innovative ways to use the site to expand your repertoire of texts and explore them with your children.

The CPD event will include:

  • News of how to take part in our exciting Spring challenge to Step Inside Your Story. We're asking primary children – and a whole host of much-loved authors – to make concertina books about themselves, starting with reality and adding a sprinkle of magic. We want to highlight that anyone can be the author or star of a story.
  • Access to a whole raft of new, exhilarating online content to inspire creativity in your classroom, including brand new videos with Zanib Mian, Axel Scheffler, Joseph Coelho, Sandra Agard, Allen Fatimaharan, Jane Porter and S F Said.

Register now to reserve your free place

  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The session will be run on Zoom, so you'll need internet access.
  • Before the event, we'll send you a link and further details of how to join in.
  • If you have any questions, email


Image credit: Nimesh the Adventurer. Text © Ranjit Singh, 2018. Illustration © Mehrdokht Amini, 2018. Lantana Publishing, 2018, You may not use the material for commercial purposes. Please credit the copyright holder when reusing this work.

The Discovering Children’s Books Outreach Programme is supported by The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and The Steel Charitable Trust.


When: , 16:00 – 17:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Places are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis

Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Zoom
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