Kids Read More When You Turn on the SUBTITLES!

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Kids Read More When You Turn on the SUBTITLES!

After Sarah Everard: Why We Need Game Changing Ideas to Teach Boys to Respect Girls

A Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Sue in Conversation with Fliss Goldsmith Author of ‘Erin and Roderick Discover Families’ a book about what makes a family a family!

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The Best Selection of Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children




Children’s books continue to be an invaluable source of information and values. They reflect the attitudes in our society about diversity, power relationships among different groups of people, and various social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, economic class, sexual orientation, and disability).

The visual and verbal messages young children absorb from books (and other media) heavily influence their ideas about themselves and others.

Depending on the quality of the book, they can reinforce (or undermine) children’s views of themselves, teach and foster positive (or negative) attitudes about diversity.

Children’s books teach children about who is important, who matters, who is even visible. Consequently, carefully choosing quality children’s books is a really important educational and child-rearing thing to think about!

It is important to offer young children a range of books about people like them and their family—as well as about people who are different from them and their family. All of the books should be accurate and appealing to young children. Fortunately, there are some good anti-bias children’s books, which are available as a result of the ongoing activism of many people and the HUGE popularity of JoJo and Gran Gran the Cbeebies show created by my pal Laura Henry- Allain. However, while choices have improved over past decades, the lack of quality multicultural kid’s books currently being published has frustrated many communities. The number of children of colour in the United States continues to rise, but the number of books published by or about people of colour needs to be part of all our decisions when reading to our children.



I saw Stephen Fry Tweet about this recently and it is absolutely BRILLIANT because it is SO simple ?

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading†. It’s so brilliantly simple and can help children’s literacy so much that we want to shout it from the rooftops!

There’s extensive global research that shows just how effective this is and with the help of our wonderful partners – including charities, companies and famous ambassadors – it’s our mission to share the results in this simple message.

So now, along with our friends at a number of leading charities and universities, we’re encouraging broadcasters, policymakers and parents to Turn on the Subtitles.

We need your help too. Please share this message with anyone you know who has children or works with children – this quick, free tip can help make TV time, reading time.

Based on an academic study of 2,350 children, 34% became good readers with schooling alone. But when exposed to 30 minutes a week of subtitled film songs, that proportion more than doubled to 70%. There are lots of studies about the benefits of subtitles. This is just one! Check out our research page to find out more.


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Here are just a few ideas for teaching our boys to respect girls, women, and womanhood, whether we are mums, dads, aunts, uncles, teachers, or neighbours.


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