Raising three boys of dual heritage, including one who has additional needs has completely opened up my eyes to the work that still needs to be done when it comes to representation in children’s literature. There are more children’s books being sold in the UK than ever before – but how accurately do they represent the society we live in? How many of your favourite picture books feature a disabled main protagonist? Or an ethnic minority character as the hero of the story? I can’t name any. Our eldest son Walter was diagnosed in 2017 with Autism and as parents we struggled to find books where children like Walter could see themselves in the pages of books. They say “create the things you wish existed” so I created ‘Just Like Me’ picture books where at the heart of each story we explore and promote Diversity, Inclusiveness, Acceptance and Kindness.
Age range: 3