Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s time more Australian schools taught Australian books

We compiled a list of the 15 most commonly cited books taught by English teachers we surveyed.

Most works on this list are written in the past, by male British or American writers. Most of these have formed part of the school literary canon for generations. There are only two texts by women, Hinton and Lee, and no texts by Australian women, migrant Australians or Aboriginal writers.

In response, colleagues and I have partnered with the Stella Prize (a literary award for Australian women writers) to develop the teacher-researchers project.

Source: Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s time more Australian schools taught Australian books

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  1. There is a great study of the gendered / raced nature kids books done by The Guardian journalist Donna Ferguson that might be of interest too.

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