Reading to children has a powerful impact on their academic and intellectual development. Children learn about themselves and the world through the books they’re exposed to. Importantly, children can learn understanding and respect for themselves and for those who are different to them. However, a lack of diverse books is failing children from minority backgrounds. This is something that should concern all Australians. Read more via my report published by The Conversation Five tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and five books to get you started.