I join you today as a new contributor to Teaching Without Borders, after receiving an invitation from my good friend Tom to join this space to talk about a topic that I am hugely passionate about disability in Children’s Literature.
My name is Emily Davison, I’m 22 years of age, a writer, student and journalist. I’m a blogger and currently write my own blog Fashioneyesta.com as well as being a columnist for Huffington Post UK. I’ve also worked for other publications and media outlets including the Guardian and Channel 4’s No Go Britain series. I’m a journalist for RNIB Connect Radio and co-run a podcast channel. As you can probably gather the world of stories is my thing.
Currently, I’m studying for a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature and hold a Degree in English Literature. A field that I hugely champion is disability representation in Children’s Literature, my work hugely centres around studying and promoting the children’s literature that does include disability and lobbying the Children’s book industry to include more diversity in its market. I’m an Ambassador for the charity Inclusive Minds which is centred around creating more diversity in the Children’s and Young Adult book industry. I’ve conducted research into this area for the purposes of my MA and my own personal interests. It is my goal to one day become a children’s book author myself and create characters that represent diversity. But, for now, I am content to pursue the studies of this field.
So, in this space, I will be discussing my views on this topic and how I believe children’s books can facilitate empathy, understanding and acceptance towards disability with children.