Books for Change

For the series Good Folk on this blog I have sent interview questions to some really wonderful people who are either making things, running shops, or generally promoting sustainability. I think you will enjoy reading their answers as much as I have, and I hope they inspire us all with the knowledge that there are people doing good in the world!

This interview is with the founders of Books For Change, a campaign to get more diverse books into primary schools. Born from a love of diverse children’s literature and one of the co-founders lived experience of racism – they had known for a long time that schools desperately needed to diversify their bookshelves. They also knew from working in schools in a community engagement capacity, there are little or no funds to purchase the latest diverse books… so they decided to set up a crowdfunder and buy the book themselves! You can also do that too – see their tool kit for help and guidance.

Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.
We are Wendy and Emily the Co Founders of Books for Change, we raise funds for diverse books for local Folkestone primary schools, we then offer schools, community groups, home ed groups, forest schools and outdoor settings storytelling workshops to help bring the books alive! We also help other groups set up a fund raising campaign in their local area. books for change

How or why did you get started?

We started during the first covid 19 lock down - a series of different events during this time including the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and the realisation that even small actions can insight change, this catalyst us into action and we have not looked back... 

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
Seeing and hearing children talking about themselves in the books we have provided. Representation is so important. 

Where can we find you on the internet, buy your work, or join in? 
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