Authors of Colour Book Club, a 'literary journey around the world’
Authors of Colour
Authors of Colour is a Lives of Colour initiative created to help and encourage readers to develop a passion for reading for diverse literature and authors from the UK and around the world. It is a tool for children, parents and educators to go on ‘a literary journey around the world’ and read different up to date titles from authors around the world.
In 2017, CILIP research found that there was a lack of diversity in children’s literature. Only one percent of the books published that year had a person of colour as a protagonist. This underrepresentation is apparent throughout many social categories.
In our ever-changing global climate, our lives are impacted by experiences far beyond our locality. We meet, work and live next door to people of different cultures, religions or with differing capabilities, but do not often stop to understand such differences. At Lives of Colour we believe that through recognising difference, we are able to acknowledge all that we have in common to create a resilient society.
Authors of Colour's online book club, launching in September 2019, seeks to embrace diversity and inclusion in schools encouraging children and young people to learn about different cultures, religion, disability and grow an understanding of the world around them through literature.
Authors of Colour: Featured author
Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer, essayist and interfaith activist. As well as writing the childrens 'Yasmin' books she also writes for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, and is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her adult short story collection Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan was published in 2015. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children.
A Childhood Spent in the Library
By Saadia Faruqi, author of Yasmin