Izzy Gizmo is a critically recognised picture book collaboration with the writer Pip Jones published by Simon and Schuster (UK) in 2017. This work was developed in the context of increasing concern around the lack of diversity within fictional lead characters in picture book industry. Research undertaken by The Centre for Literacy and Primary Education/ Arts Council England confirmed that during 2017 of 9,115 titles published in the UK’s children’s book sector only 4% featured BAME characters. This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education.


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