Kala Williams has been in education for over 15 years as a tutor, project manager, secondary and finally primary teacher with most of her career spent in Primary Education. She developed her fast-growing consultancy, Bright I’s, to support teachers in developing best practice approaches in the teaching of reading and drives her business on a rigorous approach to pedagogy based on research-rich methodology.
An avid reader of children’s literature with a passion for reading for pleasure and sharing knowledge of children’s books which she actively does under the twitter handle @rogue_reading where she personally takes on the agenda of increasing access to texts through open book giveaways at least termly.
In this interview, Kala and I discuss the lack of racial and cultural diversity in children’s books; the effect this may have on children’s development; Kala’s experiences of books growing up; strategies and ideas for increasing images of diversity in Early Years settings; authors from BAME communities; top tips for choosing children’s books.
Kala’s website is here: www.brightideasconsult.co.uk
Her blog is here: www.brightideasconsult.co.uk/blog
and Twitter: @rogue_reading
And Kala’s reading group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/readks2/
Centre for Literature in Primary Education (CLPE) report, Reflecting Realities: https://clpe.org.uk/library-and-resources/research/reflecting-realities-survey-ethnic-representation-within-uk-children
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe: https://amzn.to/2WZtdy0
Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly: https://amzn.to/2NvQvsf
Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne: https://amzn.to/2K5lbPf
Flotsam by David Weisner: https://amzn.to/2p3J7ev
Cendrillon by Robert D San Souci: https://amzn.to/2WVRXrd
Love Reading 4 kids: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Coffee bookshelves: https://coffeebookshelves.com/about/
We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/
News from Nowhere: https://www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk/