Monday 8 June 2020 is the start of Diverse Book Week.
The aims of this week are to promote the reading of books from authors from diverse backgrounds, to expand the horizons of readers and ultimately to encourage more people to support authors and help to encourage new ones.
If you’d like some suggestions, you can find a reading list on the BAMEed Network website. There is a wide selection of books, so there should be something for everyone.
Last year, I found Akala’s Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire hugely thought-provoking and it certainly challenged some of my assumptions as an educator. It is written from an individual perspective and made me think about the extent to which, while we both grew up in the UK, his were so different from mine.
For Diverse Book Week this year, I’m going to try to fill in some of the gaps in my understanding by reading David Olusoga’s Black and British a Forgotten History. I’ll let you know how I get on with a brief update each day.
If you’d like to join the conversations during Diverse Book Week on social media, use the hashtags #DiverseBookWeek and #BAMEed.