Lantana works with new, aspiring and award-winning authors and illustrators from many walks of life
to show that all stories matter and all voices should be heard.
Ali is an experienced anthologist and non-fiction writer who has written for various international publications and is passionate about seeking out lesser told stories from around the world.
Books by Ali:
Peace and Me
Science and Me (Autumn 2020)
James was a celebrated Jamaican poet, living in the UK. Winner of multiple awards including the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Smarties Grand Prix, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to poetry. He passed away in 2017.
(photo credit Hazel Johnson).
Books by James:
A Story About Afiya
Martina lives and works in Naples. She has illustrated many children's books and has exhibited in countless art shows around Europe. She also organises cultural events and shows for young people with the Kolibri Cultural Association.
Books by Martina:
Mehrdokht is an Iranian-born illustrator who has won the Children’s Africana Best Book Award and has been twice nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She was also one of the UK entrants for the prestigious Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Awards.
MICKAËL EL FATHI
Mickaël is an acclaimed French-Moroccan children’s book illustrator who has published widely in France. A former computer graphic designer and 3D director, he now helps children travel the world through his illustrations.
Books by Mickaël:
Peace and Me
Science and Me (Autumn 2020)
NANSUBUGA NAGADYA ISDAHL
Nansubuga was born in the United States to Ugandan parents and works in international development in East and Southern Africa. Her debut picture book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba was voted a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year.
Nnedi is a multi-award-winning author born in the United States to Nigerian parents. Her children's books have won the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Children's Africana Book Award and the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature.
Books by Nnedi:
Chicken in the Kitchen
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland, award-winning children’s book illustrator Paweł Pawlak has illustrated over 80 books and won international acclaim for his work.
(photo credit Ewa Kozyra-Pawlak)
Books by Paweł:
Oscar seeks a friend
Poonam is a British illustrator of Indian heritage with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Her work has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize and nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats Award.
Raquel is an illustrator from the north of Spain. Her illustrations have received awards in children’s book fairs and exhibitions around the world including Portugal, Chile, Korea, China and the UAE.
SANDRA VAN DOORN
Sandra was born in France and now lives in Australia. She attended art classes at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal.
Sharanya is an award-winning poet and writer from India. Amongst her awards and accolades are the Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship, a 2012 ELLE Fiction Award, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
(photo credit Catriona Mitchell)
Books by Sharanya:
The Ammuchi Puchi
Sonja is a German illustrator who studied at the “Llotja” Arts and Crafts School in Barcelona. She has won many awards including the Gold Medal for Best Illustrator at the US Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book at the International Latino Book Awards.
Books by Sonja:
Looking for Lord Ganesh
Stella is a Brazilian children’s book writer. An art teacher with a Masters in Art History, she is also a founding member of Casa BabaYaga, a literary collective in Brazil.
Books by Stella:
Old Man of the Sea
Susan retired after thirty years as a Kindergarten teacher and currently enjoys her "second career" assisting adult English Language Learners and U.S. citizenship candidates.
Tutu was born in India but grew up in Malaysia. She is the author of several highly praised books for young people. In 2014, Tutu was a judge for the Scholastic Asia Young Writers Award.
Books by Tutu: