More about Lit in Colour
Every young person deserves an educational experience that more fully reflects Britain’s past and the lives of its young people today. Penguin and The Runnymede Trust found that fewer than 1% of students in England study a book by a writer of colour at GCSE. This compares to 34.4% of school-age students who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic.
In recent research by the National Literacy Trust, 32.7% of children and young people in the UK aged 9 to 18 said that they don't see themselves in what they read, and 39.8% would like more books with characters who are similar to them.
By joining forces with Penguin and The Runnymede Trust, we hope to encourage schools to make the switch to a more diverse English Literature curriculum.
Find out more about Lit in Colour on the Penguin website
Read the National Literacy Trust research