Online bookseller aims to boost diverse children’s literature

Online bookseller aims to boost diverse children’s literature

A new online bookshop has launched to promote books, graphic novels and gifts that feature characters from under-represented backgrounds.

Nicola Taylor, the creator of Bivowak, said she wanted the stock to reflect not only her family but also the children and family around her.

“That’s really where the idea for Bivowak came from, great stories that just so happen to have a character of colour, a female brainiac or features two dads without that having to be the reason for the story,” she said. “Books make our worlds bigger whether that’s by growing imaginations, building our understanding of it or giving a different lens through which to view it. That’s why we say Bivowak is for the adventurous in spirit, you can strap on someone else’s shoes and explore new horizons.”

Bivowak sells cards, posters and party invitations as well as books, and authors who feature on the website include Lauren Child, Taro Gomi and Jessica Love.