Award winning children’s author, Candy Gourlay, has been appointed the new online Writer in Residence for the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, BookTrust. As part of her residency Candy chats with us about the importance of diversity in books.
Philippines-born and London-based, Candy is well-known for her books Bone Talk, Is It a Mermaid (illustrated by Francesca Chessa), Shine and Tall Story. She has been nominated for top industry prizes including the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
Growing up in the Philippines in uncertain times made me think I would probably never get a chance to see the world. But books proved me wrong. Between the covers of books, I travelled all over the world, met the most extraordinary characters and learned that there were more ways to live than I knew. Someone said books are windows and mirrors. Windows because they allow you to look beyond your own experience. Mirrors because they reflect the universality of humanity. Windows and Mirrors – as BookTrust’s Writer in Residence, I hope everyone will join in exploring this theme.
Here are my tops tips to help foster diversity, creativity and a love of reading in your classroom:
The BookTrust Writer in Residence project has been running since March 2009 and has featured authors and illustrators including Nadia Shireen, Cressida Cowell, Nicola Davies, Sita Brahmachari, Patrick Ness, Polly Dunbar, Bali Rai, Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Chris Riddell, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Ardagh, Taran Matharu and Phil Earle. The residency encourages each writer or illustrator to explore topics that they are passionate about, with past residents exploring themes such as the power of stories, diversity in children’s literature and the importance of libraries.
Keep up-to-date with all of Candy’s blogs here.
Here at Pupil Asset we are proud to support Book Trust's Pyjamarama! On Friday 7th June, everyone is encouraged to put on their PJs and donate £1 to BookTrust so that no child misses out on the magic of the bedtime story.
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