Sunday, 28 April 2013

Books, Books, Books !!

Books are a great resource which support the development of positive identity and self-esteem in children.  I am really impressed by the wide range of books that Letterbox Library has on offer. If you type 'mixed race' into the 'keywords' search box you will be surprised by how many books they have managed to find. You won't find many of these in mainstream stores.

Letterbox Library was the brainchild of two like-minded, single mums who were concerned about the children's books available to their daughters. They found from talking to other parents that the children's books available on the UK high street simply weren't reflecting most people's lives.

Since this initial idea in 1983, Letterbox Library has grown, developed and flourished.  They now have over 300 titles listed in their catalogue/on their website. Their books celebrate equality and diversity across the board and you'll find them in schools, nurseries, children's centres, libraries, charities and homes throughout the UK. Above all, they are known for their stringent selection procedure which has secured their reputation as a key supplier to the education sector and has kept us popular with parents and carers!

At Letterbox library  they search for the best children's titles from a huge range of UK and overseas publishers, including independent and charity sector publishers. Many of their titles are not available elsewhere. Every book they sell has been approved by independent volunteer readers who include teachers, librarians, early years staff, childminders, parents and, of course, children themselves.

All of their books have been chosen for their celebration of equality and diversity as well as their excellence in storyline/artwork and their strong child-appeal.

I also love that Letterbox Library is a not-for-profit social enterprise and a co-operative. Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

I highly recommend  Letterbox Library. Check them out at http://www.letterboxlibrary.com/

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