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Ebb and Flow: Advances and Retreats in the Battle to Make Children’s Books more Inclusive and Diverse

posted on 05 Sep 2016

Ebb and Flow: Advances and Retreats in the Battle to Make Children’s Books more Inclusive and Diverse Ebb and Flow by Anna McQuinn

I’m very happy to be described as a writer, publisher and campaigner – since entering children’s publishing in 1991 I’ve worked hard to make children’s books more inclusive. In fact, very recently I was called a ‘diversity superhero’ by Letterbox Library. I ‘Googled’ superhero and I was a bit shocked at what I found, frankly, but that’s a rant for another day. I never envisaged that I would grow up to be a superhero – I was born and grew up in a small town of about two thousand people on the west coast of Ireland – about as far from multicultural, diverse London where I now work as you can get!. I went to a tiny school, which had only 29 pupils – this is the entire school plus some concerned parents.

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