Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Bag of Books newsletter

Here is the latest Bag of Books newsletter for my followers to peruse:

August 2018 - Cultural Diversity in Children's Books

What's New?

Prompted by a number of stories in the press recently about the continued lack of diversity in children's books, we have been working this week on collecting together some of the best multicultural books for children.

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children’s books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

This imbalance obviously needs addressing and we hope much more will be done in the coming months and years to make sure that children of all backgrounds are represented in the books they are reading.  In the meantime, we have collected together some of the great books already in print featuring strong multiracial characters.  Take a look!

Have You Seen?

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August 2018 - Trending Children's Books

What's Trending in Children's Books?

Have a closer look at some of the latest books featured in the papers last weekend, titles that are getting lots of media attention and quirky books with sales growing through word-of-mouth...

Don't miss this hilarious follow-up to 'Oi Frog!' and 'Oi Dog!'  A brilliant rhyming read-aloud text, jam-packed with animals and silliness - perfect for children and parents alike. Best for 3+
You don't have to ROAR to be heard...  Meet Leonard - a lion like no other.  Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they?... Best for 3+

A poignant, funny story about finding yourself when everything changes and believing that love never runs out. Best for 10+
Stunning illustrations bring the world of Mortal Engines to life in these three original stories about the brave, bold, rebellious Anna Fang. Best for 11+

Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they do. Find out how their friendship flourishes as the years pass by and the girls become women. Best for 4+
Giggle away as you hop, trot and totter down the stairs to share news of "the new neighbours", and learn just how important it is to leave judgements and prejudices far behind! Best for 3+

This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. Mixing urban and rural settings, including tunnels and pipes, creatures' burrows, layers of rock and the planet’s molten core. Best for 6+
A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea. Swim alongside dolphins, pore over rock pools and sail from pole to pole and back again! Best for 4+

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except when he is). And when a shark TOTALLY tries to eat him at the local aquarium, he decides he's not going to take any more chances! Best for 6+
Vic and her younger brother and sister have been left alone at home, which means they will surely get into mischief. But not just any ordinary kind of mischief, because Vic and her family are PIRATES. Best for 7+

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! Best for 7+
Set in a future Australia in a time when there are no bees and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands.  A unique book with an envirnmental message. Best for 10+

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, he has no idea what awaits him.  Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. Best for 9+
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018.  Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. An incredible survival story. Best for 12+

Have You Seen?

For personal book advice or to order books e-mail us at or telephone 01273 479320

Copyright © 2018 Bags of Books, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1 South Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2BT

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