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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.