The lack of diversity within children’s literature is an ongoing and significant problem within the field. Between 2017 and 2019, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education found that only 7% of children’s books published in the UK featured characters of colour. As a direct response to this, our Super Heroes: Words are our Power project are launching a new children’s book, Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World, with diverse and inclusive characters at the forefront.
Celebrating identity, this anthology contains creative stories, poems and illustrations from acclaimed writers including Amina Atiq, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Ashleigh Nugent, Helen Dring-Turner, Nathan Powell, Alex Swan, Katie and Kevin Tsang, Alan Gibbons, Cheryl Martin, Marie Basting, Jon Mayhew, Emme Lathan and Claire L. Heuchan.
We are excited to launch our Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World book next week in eight primary schools across Merseyside that are partnered with our Super Heroes: Words are our Power project. From 4th November, we will celebrate the launch of the book with a playground performance featuring our team of Super Heroes and the evil Book Worms that are threatening our words, creativity and identity!
Following this, we have an exciting, month-long programme of workshops as the writers featured in Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World head to the classroom. There will be masterclasses and discussions to get young people writing and unleash their creative power.
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