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Lit in Colour

Lit in Colour

Encouraging a greater diversity in children's reading

Lit in Colour

Encouraging a greater diversity in children's reading

We’re delighted to have joined Lit in Colour, an initiative launched by Penguin Random House alongside equality think tank, The Runnymede Trust, to support schools in diversifying the teaching of English and to increase students’ access to books by writers of colour and from minority ethnic backgrounds.

We’ll be providing free practical support and tools for primary teachers and parents to increase confidence in teaching and discussing a more representative range of books. This will include a school planning toolkit, as well as reading lists and an expert-led series of podcasts and blog articles. Schools across the country will also be invited to take part in an independent reading project.

Increasing diversity in literature for primary schools

Download a free getting started guide

Download a free getting started guide to diversifying literature for primary schools, designed to increase your confidence in teaching and discussing a more representative range of books – perfect for staff meetings.

Support and tools for primary teachers

Lit in Colour

Read the Lit in Colour research

Read Penguin and The Runnymede Trust's findings and recommendations for diversifying the teaching of English in schools.

Key take-aways

Shareen Wilkinson reflects on the research, sharing her experiences and some steps you can take now to start diversifying reading in your school.

Lit in Colour resources

Lit in Colour’s tools to support teachers, including a downloadable audit tool for the books in your school.

Support and tools for parents and carers

Practical tips for parents

Ebony Lyon shares affordable ideas and reading recommendations for parents.

Books that celebrate diversity

Cerrie Burnell shares her favourite children's books that celebrate diversity.

Resources for parents

Lit in Colour’s ideas to share with parents to help them think about the books they have at home.

Discover the steps we're taking to support diversity & inclusion

Every person has their own story, their own experience, and their own perspective on the world. As an educational publisher, we take very seriously the responsibility we have to ensure all young people, as well as teachers and parents, see themselves reflected in the books and resources they use, and that we represent the diversity of society past and present.