In this episode, we are joined by Azuraye Williams (@chocpud85) and Lesley Berrington (@Hattiesfriends).
Lesley is a NNEB Nursery Owner turned Inclusive Author of the 'Hattie and friends' series of story books. Her books feature positive images of disability, with familiar themes and educational content. The books are suitable for all young children. Lesley believes children need to see disability in books to learn acceptance, respect and understanding for the differences we all have.
Azuraye is a year 6 teacher, science lead, PE lead and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion lead for school and trust. She has been teaching for 10 years and has said that every year brings new challenges and experiences. She has a real passion for DEI in education especially being a black, female teacher herself. She feels her own life experiences are something she personally brings to role and is part of her passion for better representation, diversity and inclusion in books.
In this episode we discussed inclusive books- how books can be more inclusive, why representation in books is so important and more.
You can follow Azuraye on Twitter at @chocpud85 and check out Azuraye’s Journey to the job blog post along with her other fantastic content.
You can follow Lesley on Twitter at @Hattiesfriends, Instagram at @hattieandfriendsauthor, Linkedin Lesley Berrington, Facebook Hattie and friends author and on Youtube Hattie and Friends. You can also check out her website https://hattieandfriends.com/ to find out more about her books include where and how they can be purchased
You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK