Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read

We are Lantana Publishing: an award-winning children's book publisher and social enterprise giving new and aspiring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors and illustrators a platform to publish.

We're living in a country where almost a third of our school children identify as BAME yet fewer than 5% of all children’s books feature BAME characters and fewer than 2% of children's book creators are British authors of colour.

We don't think this is right or fair. At Lantana, we're changing the game and publishing books by authors of colour where children of colour are the stars.

We love our books. And luckily lots of children do too.

They've been a Guardian Book of the Month (twice), shortlisted for a Kate Greenaway Medal (and nominated six times), voted a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year (twice), named a Bank Street's Best Book of the Year (six times), voted an USBBY Outstanding International Book (twice), longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards, shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award, Derby Children's Book Award, North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award and Sheffield Children’s Book Award, and awarded the Teach Early Years 3 Star Award and Children’s Africana Best Book Award (twice).

Meet Our Team

Alice Curry

CEO & Director

Alice is in charge of strategy. She can often be found walking through muddy fields or sitting with a cup of tea dreaming up how Lantana can reach new generations of young readers. She manages our partnerships and commissions and edits our titles. Alice loves her job because it means she gets to probe the imaginations of authors and illustrators all over the world, finding stories that make her laugh, cry or inspire her. Alice is the 2017 winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing. 

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Katrina Gutierrez

Chief Communications Officer

Katrina grew up wishing the strong and brilliant girls she admired in the books she loved looked more like her. She even travelled to children’s libraries around the world in search of inclusive stories – until she found her place at Lantana. Now, she creates opportunities for writers of colour to tell the stories she was looking for, where children of colour are the stars. Katrina takes care of publicity and engagement and loves every minute of it.

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Maleeha Mir

Events Representative

Maleeha grew up as a reluctant reader but when she found the ‘right’ book, there was no turning back! If she’s not tweeting about books or eating chocolate muffins, you'll find her in a bookshop hunting for her next read or at an author event. She is currently studying for a BA in English Literature and Language at Kings College London. Maleeha loves representing Lantana at events in and around London and won't stop talking about our books!

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