Can you think of a time you recognised yourself in a book?
Whether they look like you, sound like you or reflect some of your own experiences, seeing a character that you identify with can have a profound impact on your self-confidence and your relationship with books.
The 2021 Reflecting Realities report from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education emphasises the importance of representation in fostering children’s reading skills, as well as their self-image and their empathy.
In this event, we will explore different approaches to creating an inclusive reading environment and will provide accessible, ready-to-teach activities from children’s authors and inclusion experts.
You’ll hear about the impact of our Step inside your story campaign, and discover how to take part.
Event host: Joanna Brown, children's author and researcher
Joanna Brown is a PhD researcher in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and an Eccles Centre Fellow at the British Library. Previously a primary school teacher, she facilitates writing workshops and develops teaching resources with a focus on the Black British past. Passionate about the power of storytelling to shine a light on hidden histories, she writes for children as J.T. Williams and is author of The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger (Farshore Books).
Joseph Coelho, Waterstones Children’s Laureate
Joseph Coelhois an award-winning poet, playwright and children’s author. Earlier this year, he was named the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2022-24). His work includes My Beautiful Voice, Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad and the poetry anthology Poems Aloud.
Joanna Sholem, Ambassador for Inclusive Minds
As well as being an ambassador for children’s literature collective Inclusive Minds, Joanna Sholem is an advocate for disability representation in books and has been a Reading Helper for Coram Beanstalk. Inclusive Minds offers training and consultancy to promote inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature, and they are committed to changing the face of children's books.
Karen Stringer, Deputy Head and Year 4 Teacher, St George’s C of E Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness
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