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Children's LGBT+ author in Jersey as part of Pride 2019

Olly Pike's 5 books to be given to all primary schools across the Channel Islands. Credit: Government of Jersey

Children's author Olly Pike is in Jersey as part of the Channel Islands Pride.

It is his first visit to the island and he will be giving away some of his LGBT+ books to primary school children.

The Assistant Education Minister will be meeting with Mr Pike at Jersey's Library for a presentation of the books.

We are delighted to welcome Olly Pike to Jersey and believe that these books are hugely important to ensure that LGBT+ educational books are available to schools who would like to have this resource...Jersey has a very specific curriculum and we are ahead of the UK and other places in terms of same-sex education and we have several differences to the National Curriculum in England.

– Deputy Jeremy Maçon, Jersey's Assistant Education Minister.

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Mr Pike says he is very pleased that his books are being read in schools.

One of my most popular books, Prince Henry, which started as an animation on the Pop'n'Olly YouTube channel, is now being used in British schools to educate against prejudice. I am thrilled to be invited to Jersey and join in the Channel Island's Pride parade and leave a lasting legacy in the island with my books.

– Olly Pike, Author

Children at Key Stage 1 and 2 levels in Jersey are already taught about developing a variety of healthy relationships in a range of social and cultural contexts.

This year's Pride will take place on the beach for the first time ever with events, entertainment and activities throughout the day in St Aubin's Bay.

The afternoon will also see a parade from the Royal Square to Les Jardins de la Mer.