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

We are Lantana: a young, independent publishing house that gives new, aspiring and award-winning Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic 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 published children’s books feature BAME characters.

We don't think this is right or fair. At Lantana, we're changing the game and publishing books 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), longlisted 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 (twice), voted an USBBY Outstanding International Book (twice), longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards, shortlisted for the 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.

Meet Our Founding Team

Alice Curry

CEO & Commissioning Editor

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 all 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

Say hello: alice@lantanapublishing.com

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 see themselves in the best characters. Katrina takes care of publicity and engagement and loves every minute of it.

Say hello:
katrina@lantanapublishing.com

Caroline Godfrey

Non-Executive Director

Caroline teaches English at secondary school and can currently be found trying to inspire young minds on the border of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. She sits on our board and helps advise the other directors on the long-term direction of the company. She considers it an absolute privilege to share ideas with so many talented people from across the globe.

Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher of the Year 2017 (shortlist)