Top sites for diverse children’s books
Sometimes it can be hard to find a range of good books that celebrate diversity. So, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite inclusive booksellers and publishers. I hope you find it helpful.
Seven top sites for inclusive children’s books
1 This is Book Love is an award-winning collective of individuals working together to positively portray our multicultural world. They sell books and toys online, plus many other items and they also aim to spread book love in the community through their Travelling Multicultural Book Carnival.
2 BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year it reaches 3.9 million children across the UK through books, resources and support. It publishes regular book lists including this recent list of books with positive images of disability
3 Parakeetbooks publish stories where the main characters represent all genders, ethnicities, and abilities.
4 Waterstones holds an annual children’s book prize to champion the finest new talent in children’s writing and illustration. Tale a look at its shortlist for 2020
5) Blackwell’s stocks a wide range of children’s books that celebrate diversity, with titles for all ages.
6) Lantana Publishing is an award-winning children’s book publisher and social enterprise with a mission to publish inclusive books celebrating diversity, social equality and environmental sustainability.
7) Many authors are choosing to self-publish their stories now so don’t forget to check out Amazon for children’s diversity books too.
Having a hero that looks like you
I love books that celebrate diversity because I think that all children should be able to see themselves when they’re reading a story or imagine themselves at the centre of an adventure.
I was inspired to start writing stories for my daughters because it was so hard to find any books with leading mixed-race characters when they were younger, especially in chapter books. So, I created a girl, based on them, called Laurella Swift. Hopefully, young readers will be able to join her on her adventures very soon!