"They look like me." Stimulating and inclusive representation.
Fed up with searching in vain for diverse books for our kids we started making our own. We are co-founders Sheju Adiyatiparambil-John and Judy Skidmore. When we started Parakeet Books our goal was to save the world while making kids books and we knew straight away we wanted all our books to be diverse and inclusive.
Painful facts: 1% of main characters in kids books published in 2017 were a person of colour, that rose to 4% in 2018. And characters with a disability or with an LGBTQ+ theme get even less representation. Publishing can and should do better.
Often when people of colour are featured in a book the focus is on their "difference" or their struggle. And although addressing themes of difference or struggle are important so are books about normal stuff, funny stuff, adventures. A little brown boy eating pancakes, a girl getting used to her new baby brother (they have two mums), or two brown kids meeting the Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace.
So here we are. We publish fantastic stories where the main characters represent all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. Sign up to our newsletter to hear about new books and follow us on instagram, facebook or twitter.