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Championing equality in children’s books

We don’t all speak, think or see the world in the same way, but looking at many children’s books, you’d never know it.

We believe that children’s literature and publishing should reflect the diversity of the world we live in – from the stories and characters on the page, to the writers and illustrators that create them, to the editors, art directors and designers who publish them.

So that’s why we provide illustration courses that nurture aspiring illustrators and writers, as well as opportunities for young people to learn about publishing. Our courses are for anyone who wants to make children’s books, but we also create special opportunities for aspiring artists from backgrounds that are under-represented in children’s books, so they can fulfil their dreams of creating books for the next generation.

But we don’t stop there. We also publish diverse children’s books by some of the very best artists we develop, as well as in collaboration with well-known illustrators, writers and other publishers.

We want to make stories that are a true reflection of the world we live in. The kind of books that give children and young people the empathy to understand that everyone is different. Because we believe that all young readers should be able to find themselves, and learn about others, through the stories they read.

The world of children’s literature is all the more vibrant when all people are seen, valued and empowered to make their voices heard.

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Meet the team and our board

We’re a hard-working team of ten staff, and we are governed by a Board of volunteer non-executive directors.

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As a non-profit with charitable aims we rely on mixed income to fund our work in schools, communities and developing new talent.

Please email us to find out how you can donate, sponsor or support our programmes and projects.

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