AUTHORS OF COLOUR 

BOOK CLUB

FOR SCHOOLS

In order for children to thrive in our diverse global climate, it is important for them to learn beyond the fundamental skills of Maths, Science and English, but the ability to listen and understand people who are not like them.

However, while schools are expected to offer students 'the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens' (Ofsted, 2019:43), the directions of how to quantify and provide this cultural capital to students have not been concretised. Furthermore, when discussing sensitive topics such as religion, race and gender norms, educators often grapple to find the literature and support to help dissect these topics with their students.

 

Helping schools across the country, our Authors of Colour Book Club for Schools does just what you need so you don't have to.

 

From 2019, Ofsted inspectors have been evaluating schools, from Early Years to Secondary education, on their ability to equip pupils with cultural capital. Although classically cultural capital can encompass a broad range of skills and activities, the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook references the definition of the term to surround the 'essential knowledge' that helps 'engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement' (Ofsted, 2019:43)

On the basis of these specifications, and using our G.R.A.D.E.S inclusion strategy, we provide your school with the books, tools and guidance needed to deliver the inclusive and diverse social and cultural education that highlights human creativity and achievement to a young audience. We offer a booklist focused on the latest titles related to gender, religion and belief, age, disability and mental health, ethnicity and culture and sexual orientation.

Each topic and book are tailored to the age group of the students in order to explore difference with utmost sensitivity.

 

How it works.

Our booklist consists of 20 books of recently published titles per collection. These books discuss social categories covered in our G.R.A.D.E.S inclusion strategy, of which each book is tailored to the appropriate reading age. The collections are categorised into:

 

Primary Schools

Year 1&2

Year 3&4

Year 5&6 

 

Secondary schools

Year 7&8

 Year 9&10

includes:

EACH COLLECTION

  • 20 recently published diverse books.

  • 20 activity packs for each book.

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum G.R.A.D.E.S. completion certificates.

  • Access to the 'Authors of Colour Book Club for Schools' closed Facebook group.

Price £999

Original

Looking for help with funding?

Are you a state school looking for funding? Find more information on how the Foyle School Library Scheme can help here.

Our topics.

As we scavenge for the perfect books across the globe, we encourage our readers to explore social topics in a way that is often neglected in mainstream children's literature. In selecting each book to send out to you, our subscription holders, we evaluate your specifications, consider the reading-level of the book and examine how the topic is tailored to the age of the child reader. Our topics cover:

Gender

Religion

Age

Disability

Ethnicity

Sexual

Orientation

Age

Disability

Gender

We believe it is vital that children's reading material's avoid gender based stereotyping. This means not limiting girls and boys to antiquated, restrictive tropes. Our books and resource pack encourage a positive view of gender where character's capabilities are not dependent on their gender.

In an increasingly globalised world, it is becoming more and more important that children learn religious tolerance.

This means fostering a broader understanding of different religions around the world so that our future leaders can disregard religious stereotyping and embrace difference.

Disability is often a topic many children fail to grasp at an early age due to a lack of relations to those with disabilities.

Our resource pack and book list encourage your students to learn about the characteristics, challenges, strengths and experiences of those with disabilities in order to create greater awareness and foster inclusion. 

Age

Children's understanding of age is often neglected in the topic of inclusive children's literature, however we believe that through books children can grow a greater understanding of ageing that combats ageist tropes. We encourage a healthy relationship to ageing with the absence of pity and the celebration of intergenerational friendships.

Ethnicity

We believe that, for a child's social and literary development to grow, it is important for children to not only see a range of protagonists of different ethnicities, but to see themselves represented in the books that they read.

As a result, our books urge your children to learn acceptance and tolerance of people who do not look like them, as well as encourage them to feel included in the books they read.

Sexual

Orientation

We believe that in order to encourage acceptance in our society, it is important that children recognise that different types of love exist. As a delicate topic for younger years, our list contains books that demonstrate different family set-ups whereby families with same-sex parents can feel validated.

Our topics.

As we scavenge for the perfect books across the globe, we encourage our readers to explore social topics in a way that is often neglected in mainstream children's literature. In selecting each book to send out to you, our subscription holders, we evaluate your specifications, consider the reading-level of the book and examine how the topic is tailored to the age of the child reader. Our topics cover:

It is of utmost importance to us that we provide schools with suitable books that facilitate conversations, understandings and a greater awareness of our diverse society. As a result, we ensure that the books and resources offered are appropriate for the age and maturity of your pupils, and are sensitive to the needs of your school.

 

Through these topics and more, we enable your students to see themselves reflected in the books they read in your school library, as well as encourage them to understand the colourful lives of the people around them.

Our testimonies.

Delivery

All the resources required for the Authors of Colour Book Club will be delivered directly by us to a named contact at your school.

© Lives of Colour 2019    Nowans Community Trust Charity no 1137971

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