We are Lantana Publishing: an award-winning 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).