Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world.
It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.
That’s why we at Penguin have joined forces with The Runnymede Trust to explore how to support schools to make the teaching and learning of English literature more inclusive. We want to increase students’ access to more books by writers of colour.
To help do this, we’ve commissioned ground-breaking research to shine a light on barriers preventing more books by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers being taught in the classroom and to make recommendations for what needs to change.
One secondary school in London decided to add a modern text that tackles racism, homophobia and teenage pregnancy to their GCSE course. We paid a visit to see what impact it had on the students.
Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo on why she is supporting Lit in Colour, a campaign from Penguin and the Runnymede Trust to support schools to diversify the teaching of English literature.