Last September, KPMG and Children’s Books Ireland launched Free To Be Me, a project that ensures that every child can see themselves reflected in a book and exposes children to the lives of others whose experiences and perspectives may differ from their own. The Free To Be Me reading guide features cover artwork by illustrator Ashwin Chacko, and contains over 360 book recommendations compiled by a team of expert reviewers, each title chosen for its portrayal of diverse characters, themes and experiences.
Over the coming months, KPMG volunteers will host workshops in disadvantaged schools nationwide to build excitement about the project and will also gift each school a Little Library of 100 books from the guide.
According to Seamus Hand, Managing Partner at KPMG Ireland, “Inclusion is how we unleash the collective diversity of our people. We continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our people. We respect each other and draw strengths from our differences. We know that when this happens our people can be more creative, innovative, and successful. The Free To Be Me project has a similar ethos, it is hugely important in terms of showcasing diversity in children’s books and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone in society. Having books reflective of diversity will ultimately lead to a more inclusive society and we are proud to play a role in supporting that.”