Calls for schools to increase the diversity of reading books has been a constant demand of Black parents over the years. Parents Action and Resource Centre was pleased to be invited to a group discussion with parents and children by Crystal Norbert of seemeonthepage, an organisation established to promote more diversity of reading books in schools. Held on Thursday 3rd March in Hackney, East London, the discussion was lively and included a range of perspectives.
Ade Banjoko, founder and director of PARC, commented on how communities can get involved, “Start by speaking to your school. Perhaps start with suggesting it to your child’s teacher. It is very important to have books that reflect our children and the diverse communities they live in. Yes, it’s about belonging but it’s also about giving them a better understanding of the world.”