Illustrations by Hannah Murray

“By focussing on the essential skills of numeracy and literacy we neglect others equally vital to our youngsters’ futures […] working in teams, interacting civilly with individuals from different […] backgrounds and thinking for themselves while acting for others."


(Sir Tim Brighouse, 2018)

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 History, but to learn how to listen and understand people who are not like them. However, when discussing sensitive topics such as religion, race and gender norms, educators often grapple to find literature and support to help dissect these topics with their students. Our G.R.A.D.E.S inclusion strategy provides your school with the tools and guidance to deliver the inclusive and diverse book list that your school desires, all in one place.

The G.R.A.D.E.S inclusion strategy addresses the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 . We provide a booklist focused on the latest stories of gender, religion and belief, age, disability and mental health, ethnicity and culture, and sexuality. We also explore socio-economic status in our book list. 


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



Our booklist consists of 20 books of recently published titles for each collection. These books include the social categories covered in the G.R.A.D.E.S inclusion strategy and the books are tailored to the age group of the collections. The collections are categorised into:


Primary schools


Year 3&4, 

Year 5&6 


Secondary schools

Year 7&8

 Year 9&10


Each collection will receive:

  • A resource pack filled with guidance on teaching diverse topics and exemplar activities.

  • A book list of 20 diverse titles, accompanied with 3 copies of each book.

  • Certificates (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) 

    • For completing one G.R.A.D.E.S topic, a child will receive a Bronze certificate.

    • For completing 3 G.R.A.D.E.S topics, a child will be awarded with a Silver certificate. ​

    • For completing 5 G.R.A.D.E.S topics, a child will be awarded with a Gold certificate.

    • For completing all 6 of the G.R.A.D.E.S topics and submitting an illustration or a review, a child will receive the platinum certificate.

  • Access to a closed Facebook group where schools can submit reviews, questions and illustrations by the pupils for comments by the authors.


All at the cost of £700 per subscription.  



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

How it works

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