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Books Like Me

Giving visibility and representation to all our readers

Collins Big Cat aims to include characters from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, tell stories about people with differing abilities and challenge gender stereotypes. This boosts self-esteem and engagement for all children and promotes acceptance and kinship. By reading fiction and non-fiction that represents us all, children will develop a greater understanding of the world and of themselves.

How does Big Cat reflect a diverse readership?

There are many brilliant fiction and non-fiction books for children across a wide range of genres that aim to be truly inclusive through:

Actively seeking out and commissioning a wide pool of talented authors, illustrators and consultants who are from a range of different backgrounds

Working closely with our authors and illustrators to ensure that our books reflect and appeal to a diverse readership

A variety of characters, as well as the real-life inspirational people who feature in our books

Stories that are set around the world and illustrations and photographs that portray all readers

Meet some of our authors and illustrators

Find out more about the people we work with on our Collins Big Cat series

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Look inside more of our brilliant books

We'd love to hear from you

We are continually learning and developing our approach, so email us and let us know how we're doing at education.marketing@harpercollins.co.uk.


If you would like to find out more about how Collins Big Cat could support reading in your school, your local consultant would be delighted to help – get in touch at findarep.co.uk.

Find out more about Collins Big Cat

From early phonics development to fluency, Collins Big Cat is a whole-school programme that provides complete support for primary reading.