Over 60% of parents said their child would read more if the main characters represented them
More than a third of children don’t feel represented in the books they read – because of their gender or ethnicity.
Research of 1,000 American children aged six to 12 and their parents revealed nearly three-quarters (74%) read regularly and identify characters always look the same and don’t represent different views.
And of the 50% of girls who don’t feel represented, 39% thought lead roles in stories always seemed to be boys. While only 13% of parents had seen minority races represented in the books their children read. It also emerged 62% think their child would be more inclined to read more often if the main characters represented similarities to them.