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Children's Literature and Anti-Racism: Breaking Open the Limits of the White Imagination

Collins, Stacy M. 2020. “The Cultural Doings and Undoings of the Sydney Taylor Book Award”. Judaica Librarianship 21 (July): 95–104.

Collins, Anastasia M. 2018. "Language, Power, and Oppression in the LIS Diversity Void." Library Trends 67 (1): 39-51.

Simmons University Anti-Oppression Guide, available online

Stacy's Resources List

Findings of CLPE's 'Reflecting Realities' Research and the Implications for Young Readers

CLPE website, twitter, instagram  

CLPE Reflecting Realities - Survey of Ethnic Diversity in UK Children’s Books, available online

Most recent report, published 11 Nov 2020

The Guardian article discussing the 2020 report

The Lens of Latinx: Unpacking Legacies of Imperialism through Puerto Rican Children's Literature

García, Marilisa Jiménez. 2021. Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture. University Press of Mississippi. Forthcoming.

García, Marilisa Jiménez. 2019. "The Lens of Latinx Literature." Children's Literature 47: 1-8. doi:10.1353/chl.2019.0001.

García, Marilisa Jiménez. 2018. "En(countering) YA: Young Lords, shadowshapers, and the longings and possibilities of Latinx young adult literature." Latino Studies 16: 230–249. doi:10.1057/s41276-018-0122-2.

Institute on Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Lehigh University

Afropean Youth Authors Against Systemic Racism

Malanda, Élodie. 2020. "Comme un million de papillons noirs by Laura Nsafou. How an Afrofeminist Picture Book Gave the Impetus to a Discussion About Inclusive Children’s Literature in France." The Lion and the Unicorn 44 (2): 164-180.

Malanda, Élodie. 2019. L'Afrique dans les romans pour la jeunesse en France et en Allemagne 1990- 2010. Les pièges de la bonne intention. [Africa in Children’s and youth novels in Germany and France (1991-2010) The pitfalls of good intentions.] Paris, Honoré Champion.

For more publications visit Élodie's profile

Inclusion and Diversity in Children's Literature and Culture in Postcolonial Asia

Parinita's children's books: The Monster Hunters (2013), When Santa Went Missing (2014), Letters to Krisha, illustrated by Sahitya Rani (2021)

Shetty, Parinita. 2020. "Young People's Agency in Online Fan Spaces." In Childhood, Agency, and Fantasy: Walking in Other Worlds, edited by Ingrid E. Castro, 173-199. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Faire, Rita. 2021. "The Political Role of Philippine Children and Young People as Represented in Youth Fiction." International Research in Children's Literature 14 (1): 39-51.

Faire, Rita. 2020. "Child of the Revolution: Finding a Voice in Activism and Academia." The Lion and the Unicorn 44 (2): 191-207. doi:10.1353/uni.2020.0018.

Imagining Justice: Creative Arts and Social Impact (Roundtable)

Maisie Chan: Maisie's website, twitter, instagramDanny Chung Does Not Do Maths, illustrated by Any Cao (2021)

Elizabeth Lander: Elizabeth's website, twitter, instagram; A Grand Place, written by Leighan Renaud (2021)

Sahitya Rani: Sahitya's instagram; Yamini and the 7 P.M. Ghosts, written by C G Salamander (2020), Arun in Ruins, written by C G Salamander (2021), Letters to Krisha, written by Parinita Shetty (2021)

Susan Tan: Susan's website, twitterCilla Lee-Jenkins series, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte (2018-)

End-of-Year Colloquium: Archives as Sites of Radical Resistance - Opening Keynote

Temi's website

Odumosu, Temi. 2020. "The Crying Child On Colonial Archives, Digitization, and Ethics of Care in the Cultural Commons." Current Anthropology 61 (22). DOI: 10.1086/710062

Odumosu, Temi. 2019. "What Lies Unspoken." Third Text 33 (4-5): 615-629. DOI: 10.1080/09528822.2019.1654688


Odumosu, Temi. 2017. Africans in English Caricature 1769 -1819: Black Jokes White Humour. London: Harvey Miller Publishers.

© Photo by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

End-of-Year Colloquium: Archives as Sites of Radical Resistance - Roundtable

Aimée Felone:

Aimée's twitter

Knights Of website, twitter, instagram

Roundtable Books website, twitter, instagram 

Farrah Serroukh:

Click here to see Farrah's resources!

Ken Wilson-Max:

Ken's website & publisher websitetwitter, instagram

More to explore from the roundtable discussion: 

Pathways into Children's Publishing, Catherine Johnson's books, The Human Library

End-of-Year Colloquium: Archives as Sites of Radical Resistance - Closing Keynote

The Black Curriculum website, twitter, instagram

David Olusoga, Black and British: A Short, Essential History (2020) - for every copy sold Macmillan Children's Books donates 50p to The Black Curriculum. Order your copy here!

Resistance Archive: More to Explore

Here you can find resources that have inspired and impacted STARYL members on our personal and academic path towards anti-racism. We are grateful for all the important work that others are producing and want to share it here!

Note: We recommend resources and trainings that members of STARYL have engaged with/participated in. 

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and will continuously be updated.

If you would like to suggest resources to the STARYL team, please fill out the form below!


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"The BAMEed Network is a movement initiated in response to the continual call for intersectionality and diversity in the education sector. We connect, enable and showcase the talent of diverse educators so they may inspire future generations and open up possibilities within education careers. All steering group members are volunteers commit their time and efforts into creating a tangible support network to equip teachers and leaders with the tools to progress into and through the workforce. The group connects with other education organisations and individuals through events, regional networks across the UK, signposting, mentoring and support aligned with our vision."


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"The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum. We believe that by delivering arts focused Black history programmes, providing teacher training and campaigning through mobilising young people, we can facilitate social change. Our programmes are for all young people aged 8-16 and aims to equip young people with a sense of identity, and the tools for a diverse landscape. We are working towards changing the national curriculum and building a sense of identity in every young person in the UK."


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"BookTrust Represents is a project created to promote and improve the representation of people of colour in children’s books so that all children read a range of books that reflect them and their wider communities."


BookTrust report 2020, “Representation of people of colour among children’s book creators in the UK”, Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, UCL

BookTrust report on data from 2007-2017, published in April 2019, "Representation of people of colour among children's book authors and illustrators", Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, UCL


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"The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators."


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"The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a UK based children's literacy charity working with primary schools.  [...] In July 2018 we published Reflecting Realities, the first UK study looking at diversity in children’s literature. Funded by the Arts Council, our aim was to quantify and evaluate the extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity in children’s publishing in the UK. This process involved analysing submissions of all children's literature published in the UK in 2017 that featured Black or minority ethnic (BAME) characters to determine to what extent they were represented."


Most recent 'Reflecting Realities' report, published 11 Nov 2020


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"We are an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children."


    "Identifying book titles that mirror the wide range of diverse readers and the unique characteristics of a family unit can be a difficult task. The Diverse Families Bookshelf was established as a finding tool to help bridge the gap between readers and books.

    Our mission:

    • to identify children’s and young adult books that depict the growing diversity within families.

    • to connect children and teens with literature that both reflect and validate their lives and experiences.

    • to reveal titles which open windows and expose readers to different cultures and life experiences, building empathy in the process."


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    "I Need Diverse Games seeks to bring projects, works and research by marginalized folks to light. We also seek to discuss, analyze and critique identity and culture in video games through a multi-faceted lens rooted in intersectionality."


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    "Our mission: To engage in research, teaching, learning and transformative action grounded in anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-colonialism. We are an intellectual home for research that is grounded in the epistemologies and histories of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the United States. Our work centers and implements frameworks, experiences and perspectives of communities of color in relationship to the world-wide struggles for rights and liberation. We are a laboratory and an intellectual space for faculty and students to contemplate the role of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in various fields, and vice versa, along with the role of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies in transforming the US academy including its extension in K-12 education. The Institute fosters rigorous theory-based and experiential learning and inquiry in core areas of education and health. Our intellectual commitments are poised to advance the translation of knowledge to inform policy and practice, made possible by strong external partnerships."


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    "Knights Of publishes commercial children’s fiction – distributed through the UK, Ireland and Europe. We’re all about hiring as widely, and as diversely as possible, to make sure the books we publish give windows into as many worlds as possible – from what’s on the page all the way to sales copy."


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    “Letterbox Library is committed to celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion in the very best children's books. We believe that challenging stereotypes and discrimination should play a fundamental part in every child's education and that we all, as adults, share a collective responsibility for making each and every child feel valued, regardless of their background or abilities. […] Over the years, Letterbox Library has grown, developed and flourished. We now have a mini warehouse, a small office staff team, a wide group of volunteers, a vast range of book suppliers in the UK and overseas and over 300 titles listed on our website. Our books celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion across the board and you'll find them in schools, nurseries, children's centres, libraries, charities and homes throughout the UK. We have become famous for our stringent selection procedure which has secured our reputation as a key supplier to the education sector and has kept us popular with parents and carers!”


      "Little Box of Books was founded by Lynsey and Neil, a blended family, who want to see better representation in the books they read to their kids. Lynsey came up with the idea for Little Box of Books when she was a single Mum to her eldest son, never seeing their family in stories. They are committed to getting the best of inclusive children’s books for 0-11-year olds into schools and families, to help children better understand the world and their place in it."


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      "The idea for Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature (REIYL) began in January of 2018 when doctoral students Breanna McDaniel at the University of Cambridge and Josh Simpson at Strathclyde University began a conversation about justice and equity-focused research on inclusive representation in children’s literature in the UK. From this came the idea of bringing together like-minded students and established academics dedicated to the study and analysis of current research, in the UK and abroad, to form a network [...]. We facilitate teaching and knowledge exchange with the hopes of building a more engaged and interconnected community, so that gains made in one space can reach other spaces in a timely and even manner."


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      ""We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people."


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      "Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, we hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people."


        The presence and experiences of Black people at elite universities have been largely underrepresented and erased from institutional histories. This book engages with a collection of these experiences that span half a century and reflect differences in class, gender, and national identifications among Black scholars. By mapping Black people’s experiences of studying and teaching at McGill University, this book reveals how the "whiteness" of the university both includes and exceeds the racial identities of students and professors. It highlights the specific functions of Blackness and of anti-Blackness within society in general and within the institution of higher education in particular, demonstrating how structures and practices of the university reproduce interlocking systems of oppression that uphold racial capitalism, reproduce colonial relations, and promote settler nationalism. Critically engaging the work of Black learners, academics, organizers, and activists within this dynamic political context, this book underscores the importance of Black Studies across North America.


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        "MA Education consultancy works with local and national authority, educational organisations, community groups and charities, to support them bridge the gap between community, education and research. We seek the best ways to access and listen to communities’ voices, recognising that these voices are the drivers of change in education and research. We support clients by creating shared spaces for dialogue and co-creation, conducting research and offering training, in order to empower communities and organisations to work together. We recognise that collaboration and co-production looks different depending on context, and we take pride in how closely we work with each client, delivering a bespoke service every time."​


        Dr Muna Abdi also has a new podcast, "Becoming an Antiracist"


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        BBC DOCUMENTARY (Oct 2020)
        (only available to viewers in the UK; this shorter BBC video is available to all)
        "For black students studying at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, academic pressure isn’t always the only challenge. For some, it can feel like entering another world. Reporter and Cambridge graduate Ashley John-Baptiste follows three students to find out what it’s really like being black at Cambridge."


        TAKING UP SPACE: What it's like being black at Cambridge University (June 2019)
        "Two recent Cambridge graduates have written a book exploring what it's like to be the minority in a majority white institution. Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi wrote Taking Up Space - the flagship book to be published on Stormzy's label - exploring diversity issues within higher education. They talked to us about their experiences at the university."


          "The Black Advisory Hub has been established to help build a diverse and inclusive community for all students and staff members at the University of Cambridge as part of the institutional action to improve Black students' outcomes at Cambridge.

          The idea for the Black Advisory Hub emerged from one of several student-led projects in the first cycle of the APP Participatory Action Research Project (APP PAR Project). A team of student co-researchers presented the idea in an APP PAR Project forum in late February 2020 to a range of senior staff, including Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Graham Virgo. One of the students wrote up the group’s proposal in a CCTL newsletter article.

          Following this proposal, and in discussion with the Vice-Chancellor, the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education,  the African-Caribbean Society and the BME Campaign, it was agreed that a review would be undertaken in consultation with relevant stakeholders about the scope, remit and costs of a Black Advisory Hub.  This consulatation [sic] was undertaken in the last half of 2020 by Dr Sharon Walker, then a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning."


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          "The Cambridge Students’ Union (SU) BME Campaign supports, represents, and advocates for all BME students at the University of Cambridge. Like the other SU ‘Liberation Campaigns’ (e.g. the Women’s Campaign and the Disabled Students’ Campaign), the BME Campaign is affiliated with the SU and represents a particular subset of the SU’s membership but maintains a high level of autonomy, managing its own budget and passing its own policies to work towards the liberation of BME students."

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          "The Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) aims to constitute a space for Latin American perspectives that brings together researchers working on Latin American contexts and all those interested in hearing more about it. It aims to make visible the region’s knowledge production and current debates linked to education research towards the diversification and decolonisation of academia."

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          LAYLA F. SAAD (2020)

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          "When Layla F. Saad began an Instagram challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, she never predicted it would spread so quickly. Using a step-by-step reflection process, she encouraged people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and more than ninety thousand people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook. Since then, the work has spread to families, book clubs, educational institutions, nonprofits, corporations, event spaces, and more. Based on the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources."


          IJEOMA OLUO (2018)

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          "Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets."

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