Outside In World Announces 'Reading the Way2'
A new project from Outside In World – Reading the Way2 will use a range of noteworthy children’s books from around the world to give young people a real voice about how to improve the accessibility and inclusion of all children in books.
Supported by Arts Council England and the Unwin Charitable Trust, it will work with UK and international authors and illustrators and translators including: Holly Bourne, Susie Day, Julia Donaldson, Jane Ray, Italian author Rosa Tiziana Bruno, Syrian author/illustrator Nadine Kaadan and award-winning translator Daniel Hahn. Activity will take place in a selection of mainstream and special schools in the form of workshop-based projects. Each project will involve the school exploring one or more inclusive and/or accessible books from around the world.
The project builds on the successful Reading the Way project (run by Outside In World in 2014-15) which identified a range of accessible/inclusive books from around the world and proved that such books could provide vital material and learning to enrich the UK book landscape. The research provided valuable data and recommendations identifying new and innovative ways of producing books to meet all children’s needs.
Reading the Way2 will act on some of these recommendations, by working with selected schools to look practically at how such books could be enhanced for UK publication, but also how these books could be used in any school to discuss issues such as inclusion, equality, translation and world cultures.
Now more than ever, there is a need for activity such as this which aims to broaden horizons and enhance cross-cultural understanding. It is also hoped that the project will increase awareness of children’s books in translation and the likelihood of more translated books being published in future.
See article in The Bookseller
New Research into 'Inclusive and Accessible' Children's Books from Around the World
Outside In World aims to help change the future of inclusive and accessible books with the launch of its new research findings.
Disability is a disturbingly under-represented area in children’s literature and many more inclusive and accessible books are needed. The results of our ground-breaking 'Reading the Way' project, undertaken in 2014/15 with funding from Arts Council England, Unwin Charitable Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, shows that books from around the world have a wealth of new perspectives on disability and new ways to access stories to offer UK children. As well as highlighting many potential candidates for UK publication, the consultation has generated valuable learning points and good practice to help the UK shape children’s books of the future.
Click here to download the full report
OIW Reading the Way Report Dec 2015
Reading the Way Press Release Nov 2015