In the United Kingdom, a third of school children identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) yet fewer than 5% of children’s books feature BAME characters and fewer than 2% of children's book creators are British authors of colour. The picture is even more bleak for those who identify as working class, LGBTQ+ or disabled.
At Lantana, we're changing the game and publishing inclusive books that celebrate our differences. And because we all live on one extraordinary planet, we print our books with non-petroleum-based inks on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper to minimise our carbon footprint.
We love our books. And luckily lots of children do too.
They've been a Guardian Book of the Month (three times), shortlisted for a Kate Greenaway Medal (twice, and nominated seven times), voted a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year (twice), named a Bank Street's Best Book of the Year (eight times), given the Junior Library Guild gold standard (twice), 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, the Northern Lights Book Award (twice) and the Children’s Africana Best Book Award (twice).