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SCHOOL DIVERSITY: St Albans award-winning author partners with charity for Diversity Week

 Published on: 16th May 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

An award-winning, St Albans author is partnering with an LGBT+ charity, to bring stories about diverse families to primary schools.

This School Diversity Week, non-binary author Harry Woodgate is teaming up with Just Like Us, an LGBT+ youth organisation, to deliver tales about diverse families.

School Diversity Week is a national celebration of LGBT+ equality in schools run by the charity Just Like Us. It is an opportunity to challenge homophobia and encourage tolerance in schools and takes place on June 20-24 this year.

Just Like Us and Harry Woodgate collaborated to create a video reading of Grandad’s Camper, as well as a reading guide with discussion questions and suggestions for using the book as a writing prompt.

Harry writes and illustrates diverse, inclusive stories that inspire young readers to be inquisitive, creative, kind, and proud of what makes them unique.

Grandad’s Camper, their first author-illustrator book, received the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Best Illustrated Book 2022 and is the topic of Just Like Us’ new School Diversity Week free teaching tools.

The book tells the narrative of a little girl and her grandfather, who takes them on a unique campervan escape and tells heart-warming anecdotes of his travels with her Grandad’s late partner. 

Dominic Arnall, chief executive of Just Like Us, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Harry Woodgate, an award-winning children’s author, to open up much-needed conversations around diverse families in primary schools this School Diversity Week.

“A huge thank you to Harry and everyone at Andersen Press for helping us to bring inclusive storytelling to schools – we’re really proud to be able to provide this video resource and reading guide for teachers to share with their primary pupils.”

Author Harry Woodgate said: “It’s really lovely to be working with Just Like Us to bring Grandad’s Camper to children, schools and families across the UK in celebration of School Diversity Week. I’m super excited to introduce the book to a wider audience and hope that it helps increase knowledge and acceptance of LGBTQ+ relationships and identities, whilst showing families can come in all shapes and sizes.”

Publisher Andersen Press is also giving out book copies to primary schools who sign up to participate in School Diversity Week through Just Like Us, in order to start “much-needed discussions about LGBT+ families”.

The resources are free to access for primary school staff ahead of School Diversity Week, helping primary schools to celebrate diverse families.

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