Children need diverse books and here's why.

Why children need a range of books to develop their identity and their understandings of others ⎮ 29 sec read

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Feb 11, 2019
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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.

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Helen Adam

Academic, Edith Cowan University

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Gabrielle Ahern 4 months ago

I agree with your report and obviously, changes need to be made to the kind of books available in schools, libraries and at home. Publishing houses can reverse this trend by simply considering more stories that reflect the great diversity of cultures in our communities worldwide. Given the high level of illiteracy prevalent in todays society, providing books that children can relate to, might also increase their enthusiasm to read and to learn more.