Mission

Lantana Camara: a flowering plant in the Verbena family with many-coloured petals on a single stem.
Lantana Publishing: an inclusive children's publisher with a mission to see children of all colours reading happily on one earth.
Little girl reading Maisie's Scrapbook on a couch
Diversity & Inclusion

In the United Kingdom, a third of school children identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic yet fewer than 5% of children’s books feature main characters of colour and fewer than 2% of children's book creators are British authors of colour. The picture is even more bleak for those who identify with marginalised groups relating to class, gender, sexuality, health and ability. At Lantana, we’re changing the game by publishing inclusive books that celebrate our differences. We actively seek out stories by authors who make a diverse range of lived experiences accessible to young children.

A girl of colour reading Sleep Well Siba and Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahil and Sandra van Doorn
Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning is a term coined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) for the process through which children ‘understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions’. At Lantana, we believe in the core competencies that underpin social and emotional learning, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. By reflecting these values, our books help young children take an active stance in navigating the world around them with positivity and strength.

Four children of colour peruse Lantana's children's books on a picknick blanket outdoors
Environmental Sustainability

A thriving, inclusive society cannot exist without a thriving planet, and book production is historically a heavily polluting sector. That’s why we strive to embed sustainable practices in our production and supply chains, and only work with printing plants that have developed robust environmental credentials. We are justly proud that our primary printing partner in Hong Kong has won a series of green awards including the Hong Kong Green Mark, the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award and the HKAI Environmental Performance Grand Award. We print all of our books with non-petroleum based inks on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper to minimise our carbon footprint.

A woman and child of colour are sitting on a hospital bed arm in arm, smiling. A mobile bookcase next to them has the orange 'Read for good' logo and reads 'Come on a reading adventure'
A Book for a Book Programme

Impact is at the heart of Lantana’s mission statement, and partnering with charities and grassroots organisations is just one way we’re proud to advance that mission. Whether through gifting the rights to our titles to charities reaching children in the remotest regions, working to build libraries and community spaces, or donating books through our ‘A book for a book’ programme, we are committed to developing a love of reading in young children.

The Read for Good logo: An orange cloud with white letters spelling Read for Good
The logo for Bernie's Book Bank: a black silhouette on green background with the words Bernie's Book Bank Books for a better Life beside it
The Children's Book Project Logo: the words are in purple, green and pink, the second O of book is a friendly-looking blue monster

Proud to Support

Worldreader

Harnessing the footloose power of digital reading, Worldreader reaches over 13 million young readers across 47 low and middle-income countries. We are delighted to add our ebooks to their curated collections, and to work with such an innovative platform to transform literacy and improve access to education across the Global South.

Worldreader logo

Antiracism Kidz (ARKz)

ARKz is a grassroots, virtual book club community for families based in Lantana’s hometown of Oxford. By providing discounts and books for their ‘Tiny Library’ giveaways, we are proud that our diverse catalogue can help engage parents and children in important discussions about racial injustice.

The Antiracism Kidz Logo: Colourful letters spell the words, they resemble books on a bookshelf
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