Think Aloud podcast - Children's books: why literature for the future is stuck in the past

Why is children’s literature behind adult fiction when it comes to diverse characters, and who should be changing this? Authors? Publishers? Parents? In this, the latest episode of our regular Think Aloud podcast, host Harriet Fitch Little is joined by paralympian, TV presenter and children’s author Ade Adepitan, and children’s book critic Imogen Russell Williams to discuss the lack of diversity in children’s literature.

Also, in this episode we hear from children's author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan, who answers our burning question, ‘how do you create a character for children?’

Children's books: why literature for the future is stuck in the past by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud


I think that it really had an impact on me, on my perception of self, because I never saw positive images of myself in books.”
Ade Adepitan, children's author


Both Ade Adepitan and Nadine Kaadan appeared at Southbank Centre in February 2019 as part of our Imagine Children’s Festival.

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The venue for London Literature Festival and Poetry International, Southbank Centre is the home of literature and spoken word events in the UK. Throughout the year we host talks, discussions, readings and more featuring bestselling authors, award-winning poets and inspirational writers of children's, young adult and adult literature.

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