Utterly Lauren

Lauren Child is the author of several children's books most notably Charlie and Lola which is aired on CBeebies here in the UK. The book we find most interesting is The New Small Person, this was one of the books that we donated to schools in Zambia. A snippet below of Lauren Child's interview with the Telegraph where she talks about the importance of having diverse characters in books;

Elmore Green and his family are black, which is how Child had always conceived of them. She has distinct ideas of how her characters should look from their inception. ‘There are ethnically different characters in my picture books – Lola’s best friend Lotta, for example, and Clarice Bean has cousins from the Caribbean – but no main characters apart from Verity Brulee in Who Wants To Be a Poodle. Child remembers watching Oprah Winfrey when she was interviewing the cast of Friends, and Winfrey said to them, wouldn’t it be nice if they had a black friend. "I started to think how it must be to be a child and not be represented in illustration in that way. Because [as a white child] you don’t think much about it. We watched The Cosby Show when I was little and never considered that they were black, we just watched because we thought the show was funny."

"For children it is fundamental that they should feel part of society, and part of everything they are should be represented, so they can see their faces in the books and feel that the story is for them."

If you would like to read more about this interview click on the link below.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/11062363/Lauren-Child-What-next-from-the-creator-of-Charlie-and-Lola-Clarice-Bean-and-Ruby-Redfort.html