A range of illustrated multicultural books that put all children “in the picture”
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Verna Wilkins: how children helped me write a multicultural book
Verna Wilkins’ latest picture book is A Visit to City Farm, illustrated by Karen Littlewood, published by Firetree Books and written in collaboration with pupils from Chalkhill Primary School. This approach has resulted in a book which represents the diverse nature of modern classrooms. Importantly, the inclusion of children of different nationalities happens without their backgrounds taking centre stage in the story. As we found out when we caught up with Verna, this type of 'unselfconscious inclusion' is at the heart of her approach to writing.
Mumsnet reviewer says:
Perhaps best of all is the multi-cultural feel of the book. Rainbow class (in A visit to City Farm) is filled with children of all nationalities and colours, which reflects the world we live in and gives a wonderful inclusive feel to the book.
This joyful tale of everyday life perfectly captures the excitement of a school outing. … this inclusive book reflects the cultural diversity found in British society today.
Letterbox Library, a children's booksellers celebrating equality and diversity says:
Firetree books don’t just talk, they really are in the business of enabling children to see themselves through fabulous stories.
And some great videos about our books from Mia at New Beacon books.