Lantana Publishing works with new, aspiring and award-winning authors and illustrators from around the world to show authors of colour that their stories matter.

ALI WINTER


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)

ANASTASIA SUVOROVA


Anastasia is an award-winning children’s book illustrator from St Petersburg, Russia. She is the 2018 winner of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Silent Book Contest.

chaosego.com

Books by Anastasia:
Shadow

BRIGITA OREL


Brigita is a Slovenian author and translator. She has published numerous short stories and poems in online and print journals. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

brigitaorel.com

Books by Brigita:
The Pirate Tree

CHITRA SOUNDAR


Chitra is an Indian-born British author and storyteller. She has published over 30 books and is inspired by the rich heritage of epics and folktales from India.

www.chitrasoundar.com

Books by Chitra:
You're Safe With Me
You're Snug With Me
You're Strong With Me

COSEI KAWA


Cosei is an award-winning Japanese artist. His many accolades include the CBCC Choices Best-of-the-Year list, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medal and the Turry's Picture Book Award.

cosei.jpn.org

Books by Cosei:
The Tigon and the Liger

DIWA THARAN SANDERS


 Malaysian author Diwa teaches meditation and breathwork classes, and owns Tulamula, a company that makes intuitively-designed mala necklaces and bracelets for healing, happiness and inspiration.

www.diwatharansanders.com

Books by Diwa:
Kaya's Heart Song

JENNIE POH


Jennie was born in England and grew up in Malaysia. She studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design as well as Fashion Illustration at Central St. Martins.

The Bright Agency/Jennie Poh

Books by Jennie:
The Pirate Tree

JÉRÉMY PAILLER


Jérémy is a French illustrator and animator with a PhD in the plastic arts. His animated films have been screened at multiple festivals and won several awards.

www.jeremypailler.com

Books by Jérémy:
Dragon Dancer

KEILLY SWIFT


Keilly is Managing Editor of the award-winning publication First News – the UK's first national newspaper for young people. The Tigon and the Liger is her first picture book. 

keillyswift.com

Books by Keilly:
The Tigon and the Liger

JO LORING-FISHER


Jo is an artist, illustrator and storyteller living in the countryside near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. She holds an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art.

www.joloringfisher.com

Books by Jo:
Maisie's Scrapbook

JOYCE CHNG


Joyce is a Chinese-Singaporean children’s author. Her work is regularly anthologised and she has a particular passion for steampunk and science fiction.

awolfstale.wordpress.com

Books by Joyce:
Dragon Dancer

LUCY CHRISTOPHER


Lucy is the award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-Wake. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, where she holds a PhD in Creative Writing.

www.lucychristopher.com

Books by Lucy:
Shadow
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

MAHTAB NARSIMHAN


Mahtab was born in Mumbai and now lives in Canada. She is the award-winning author of The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Fiction Award, and The Tiffin

www.mahtabnarsimhan.com

Books by Mahtab:
Looking for Lord Ganesh

MANUELA ADREANI


Manuela is a children’s book illustrator and animator living in Turin, Italy. She won the illustration contest for the 130th anniversary of the creation of Pinocchio and was nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal

manuelaadreani.blogspot.com

Books by Manuela:
The Wooden Camel

MARTINA PELUSO


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.

martinapelusoillustratrice.blogspot.com

Books by Martina:
Phoenix Song

MARYAM AL SERKAL


Maryam is an Emirati writer who is passionate about storytelling. She lives in Dubai with her husband and two children who inspire her stories.  

Books by Maryam:
Mira's Curly Hair

MEHRDOKHT AMINI


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.

www.myart2c.com

Books by Mehrdokht:
Chicken in the Kitchen
Nimesh the Adventurer

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.  

www.mickaelelfathi.com

Books by Mickaël:
Peace and Me
Science and Me (Autumn 2020)

NADINE KAADAN


Nadine is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria now living in the United Kingdom. Her mission is to encourage a reading culture in the Arab world. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal.

www.nadinekaadan.com

Books by Nadine:
The Jasmine Sneeze
Tomorrow

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.

archivalafrica.com

Books by Nansubuga:
Sleep Well, Siba and Saba
Sing to the Moon

NERINA CANZI


Nerina s an award-winning Argentinian illustrator with a degree from the National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. She has won the prestigious Premio Nacional Y Latinoamericano de Literatura Infantil Y Juvenil award.

www.nerinacanzi.com

Books by Nerina:
The Ammuchi Puchi
Kaya's Heart Song

NNEDI OKORAFOR


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.

nnedi.com

Books by Nnedi:
Chicken in the Kitchen

PAWEŁ PAWLAK


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 MISTRY


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.

www.poonam-mistry.com

Books by Poonam:
You're Safe With Me
You're Snug With Me
You're Strong With Me

RANJIT SINGH


Ranjit is a British children’s book author of East Asian heritage. He uses words to reach out and inspire people in his community. 

Books by Ranjit:
Nimesh the Adventurer

REBECA LUCIANI


Rebeca is an Argentinian illustrator, now living in Spain. Her books have won the Premi Crítica Serra d’Or prize, the Açorianos prize for Best Book of the Year, and the Premi Junceda.  

www.rebecaluciani.es

Books by Rebeca:
Mira's Curly Hair

SAMUEL NARH


Samuel was born and raised in Ghana. He loves to paint stories with words. Maisie’s Scrapbook was inspired by his young family. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Freda, and daughter, Merrit.

www.samuelnarh.com

Books by Samuel:
Maisie's Scrapbook

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.

www.sandravandoorn.com

Books by Sandra:
Sleep Well, Siba and Saba
Sing to the Moon

SHARANYA MANIVANNAN


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)

sharanyamanivannan.in

Books by Sharanya:
The Ammuchi Puchi

SONJA WIMMER


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.

www.sonjawimmer.com

Books by Sonja:
Looking for Lord Ganesh

STELLA ELIA


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

TUTU DUTTA


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:
Phoenix Song

WANURI KAHIU


Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is an award-winning filmmaker and TED fellow. Her films have screened in over 100 festivals around the world. 

www.wanurikahiu.com

Books by Wanuri:
The Wooden Camel

WEBERSON SANTIAGO


Weberson is an award-winning Brazilian illustrator whose work has been published in several countries. Among his accolades is the 2009 Trofeu HQ Mix award for Best Illustrator in Brazil.

webersonsantiago.com

Books by Weberson:
Old Man of the Sea

ABI ELPHINSTONE


Abi studied English at university then became a teacher. Now she writes books (The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper) and travels the world looking for stories.  

www.abielphinstone.com

Books by Abi:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

ADÈLE GERAS


Adèle has published more than 100 books, mostly for children and young adults. She lives in Cambridge but lived in West Africa for a time when very young

www.adelegeras.com

Books by Adèle:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

BEVERLEY NAIDOO


Beverley is a Carnegie award winning author. Brought up during the apartheid years in South Africa much of her writing focuses on African history.
(photo credit Linda Brownlee) 

www.beverleynaidoo.com

Books by Beverley:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

ELIZABETH LAIRD


Elizabeth is the multi award winning author of many successful young fiction & YA novels. She has lived all over the world. 
(photo credit Anne Mortensen)  

www.elizabethlaird.co.uk

Books by Elizabeth:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

EMMIE VAN BIERVLIET


Emmie is a mixed media artist whose inspiration comes from journeys, mystical stories and the bizarre sights she has encountered on her travels. 

emmievb.com

Books by Emmie:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

GERALDINE MCCAUGHREAN


Geraldine has written 170 books and been published in 50 countries. And people even give her prizes for it, like the Carnegie Medal. 
(photo credit Brett Williams)

www.geraldinemccaughrean.co.uk

Books by Geraldine:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

GILL LEWIS


Gill writes stories for children inspired by her love of the natural world. Her books have won international awards for environmental literature. 

www.gilllewis.com/web/

Books by Gill:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

IFEOMA ONYEFULU


My first child inspired me to start writing – there were very few books about Africans at the time. I have won awards in America and won the Children's Africana Book Award twice. 

www.ifeomaonyefulu.co.uk

Books by Ifeoma:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

PIERS TORDAY


Piers Torday is the author of the Last Wild trilogy, which has sold around the world and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. 
(photo credit James Betts)  

www.pierstorday.co.uk

Books by Piers
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

SARAH LEAN


As a child, Sarah wanted to be a writer and dictated stories to her mother. Her fascination with animals began when she was aged eight and a stray cat decided to adopt her.

www.sarahlean.co.uk

Books by Sarah:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

TOM MOORHOUSE


Tom is half children's author and half research ecologist (an entity probably not called an "authologist"). He is the author of The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster

www.tom-moorhouse.com

Books by Tom:
A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

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