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Original article published September 3, 2020 by Angela Ding
Wolrdreader partners with Lantana Publishing and adds twelve diverse children’s books to their BookSmart app, making them available as e-books.
As inclusivity and diversity in children’s books become increasingly important, Lantana and Worldreader have entered a partnership, so that twelve of Lantana’s picture books focusing on non-white authors and stories will be available as e-books through the Worldreader app, BookSmart.
This comes as less than one fourth of children’s books published in the US feature non-white protagonists or protagonists with disabilities. In the UK, this number is even lower; only five in one hundred picture books have such characters. The partnership helps to increase accessibility to Lantana’s works, thus helping more children see themselves reflected and represented in the stories they read.