Help us improve diversity and inclusion in illustration
It matters when children can’t discover themselves, or learn about others, in the books they read. According to Book Trust, 33.5% of UK primary school children are from a minority ethnic background, but only 10% of children’s books published featured characters of colour.
Pathways Into Children’s Publishing tackles this lack of diversity head on. Read the report on our 2019-2021 pilot Pathways Into Children’s Publishing to find out how. This year’s Pathways Into Children’s Publishing 2022-2024 is now closed to applications, however if you have something to contribute to the programme, or if you’re interested in commissioning any of the Pathways artists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How it works
Pathways Into Children’s Publishing involves more than 80 days of scheduled events and activities. The two-year illustration course will see you working on five intriguing literature briefs designed to fully develop your illustrated storytelling practice. Your finished work will be critiqued by publisher teams – critical feedback that gives you unique insights.
Many course components will be delivered on-site at university campuses and publisher head offices, and are either pre-recorded or live streamed. Attendance in-person at these sessions will be optional, as most sessions will be accessible online and remotely.