A Place at the Table - Action Points

Each attendee at A Place at the Table came up with at least one action point
- something that they could carry out in their job or personal life.  
These are listed below for inspiration.
Feel free to get in touch with your own action point.


(Please note that action points are reproduced directly)
  • Write a blog post to list and draw attention to LGBT YA being published in the UK this year.
  • I’ll be much more aware of inclusiveness in future publishing and try and think about the books from different backgrounds
  • We will continue to ask whether every one of our books is reflective of the diversity of the world we live in.
  • Commission stock photos with models from diverse backgrounds for cover art.
  • How about some sort of IM branding that publishers can use on websites?
  • I will become more media aware and follow blogs on the subject of diversity.
  • Encourage colleagues to recommend inclusivity when commissioning and spreading the word about this approach to others.
  • I am going to reach out to more booksellers and those influential in the marketing of books.
  • I am going to reach out to authors and illustrators to let them know we are commissioning inclusive scripts.
  • Promote other authors diverse work online and in schools.
  • Find a way of flagging themes of inclusivity when sending out book information without being 'off-puttingly' thematic or pigeon-holing – whether it is cover illustration, theme tags, on AIs where relevant etc, without making it sound like an issue books.
  • I’m going to tweet about inclusive books – overall and individual titles. 
  • Read more teenage fiction to broaden my awareness as I’m very focused on 0-5.
  • Actively write about and talk about diverse books.
  • Tell more people about inclusion/diversity.
  • Introduce teachers to inclusive books at every opportunity.
  • Audit book stock – how inclusive are we?
  • More mindful buying decisions.
  • Staff training – greater awareness.
  • Feedback to BA’s Children’s Booksellers Group – What can we do as a committee? How can we communicate importance of diversity to rest of industry?
  • Suggest area for bookselling conference to cover.
  • Work with BA/PA when compiling Guardian Guide to Children’s Books to make sure books are inclusive at each age group.
  • Figure out the role of the subsidized arts sector – how can we work with commercial sector and others to increase diversity within children’s literature?
  • First step: Share what came out of today with Arts Council National Literature Group
  • Keep the conversation going.
  • Highlight the story and inclusivity together.
  • Bring together with other publishers to make great events.
  • Increase honest dialogue with publishers (and agents to a lesser degree) on our desire for diverse books, flagging market gaps, and why a particular title doesn’t get selected for a prize/project/programme if it’s a diversity/inclusion related problem.
  • Be more proactive about raising inclusion with each publishing rep we see.
  • Contact library supplier, provide list of diverse books and follow through with suggestions.
  • Develop lists for my booksellers, advising inclusive titles to expand their knowledge (e.g. books featuring adopted kids, books featuring Chinese kids) and share this company-wide.
  • Create a diverse books ‘My Indie Bookstore’ web page and share recommendations.
  • When I encounter a book with inclusive issues I will check the catalogue to ensure it is entered as such. This will allow others to search for an issue.
  • I am going to find more diverse authors for the projects that I am developing in-house.
  • Celebrate the inclusive books that are already out there.
  • Approach, encourage and support my school to sign up to the charter and become and inclusive school.
  • Talk about it! Be vocal on social media and when talking to would be writers/illustrators.
  • Talk to families who have children with disabilities to ensure we stock books to help their children access books.
  • Reach out to a wider, more diverse group of writers.
  • Support more diverse writers. Access support through funding programmes (grants for the arts etc)
  • Find access points for work experience opportunities.
  • Have regular conversations about diversity initiatives in the children’s book world and communicate them to the wider world.
  • Inclusivity as part of Golden Egg editors course.
  • To encourage agent and author communities to provide more diverse books and to publish at least two mainstream inclusive titles a year.
  • Include information about inclusion on submission pages on website.
  • I am going to put more diverse characters into the books I write and develop.
  • Write more inclusive stories.
  • Reach out to schools to encourage work experience from a more diverse group of students.
  • Seek advice/consultancy/training – education and motivation of staff. 
  • Continue to raise awareness of diversity issues in the library profession.
  • List, audit, and discuss with colleagues inclusion and diversity.
  • Seek advice, consultancy and training to educate, motivate and inspire staff.
  • Continue to have discussions about what is missing/underrepresented in children’s books and feedback to publishers.
  • Challenge educators to check out books/writers/illustrators who champion diversity and represent difference within the community.
  • Meet with our school librarians and independent bookstore owner about our conversations today. (I have a lot of questions about how books are ordered, how authors are booked to visit.)
  • Work together with other publishers here today to encourage Booktrust or the Bookseller to do a survey among parents about books they would buy in order to show the powers on high that there is a market.
  • Do more of what I’m already doing – promoting diverse books to teachers and others, mainly through booklists/website.
  • Sign up to the Inclusive Minds newsletter and encourage colleagues to do the same.
  • Discover where the gaps are – who isn’t yet represented, the right format, and audience age of the book?
  • Include images of diversity in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation – as an illustrator it’s an area I’ve neglected, I think.
  • As an agent: Direct outreach to schools/colleges to encourage new voices to explore writing.
  • As an author: Encourage character building of all shapes and sizes during author visits.
  • Get an intern from a different background from ‘the norm’.
  • Order new books that I know are diverse – from conversations I have had today. Could publishers have and ‘inclusive’ symbol?
  • Redouble efforts to persuade Illustrators’ Agents and Illustration schools to educate their illustrators about diversity and inclusivity.
  • Speak with team about today’s issues. Share.
  • Run a Book Bound writing retreat free for BAME writers.
  • Speak to CPA about a TRADE-facing digital resource that collates inclusive books from all publishers (host on Inclusive Minds website?).
  • More staff mentoring/education.
  • I will think of and put into action ONE way to reach PARENTS to encourage them to choose more inclusive, diverse books.
  • I will buy for my friends’ kids books ONLY if they are diverse and do no perpetuate and stereotypes.
  • I will write about the importance of diversity and inclusivity in publishing to raise the profile of the issue wherever I can.
  • I will set up my own publishing company where I focus on diversity and make sure inclusivity is the norm and not an ‘issue’.
  • I will make contact with power groups like Mumsnet to try and garner support and encourage them to demand diversity and change their buying habits.
  • Continue to seek authors from diverse groups.
  • Find more avenues into schools etc to influence teachers/librarians etc in their book choices.
  • To actively seek a broader range of voices – nurturing new talent from an early stage.
  • To ensure the conversation about diversity is front and centre in editorial meetings.
  • Consciously use illustrators and authors from a wide, diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Subliminally introduce disability, difference. Use subtle illustration.
  • Work to try and get a pressure group similar to ‘School’s Out’ in publishing/libraries.
  • Take to HCG + PA/Booktrust/TRA –  refocus of some existing publisher programmes;  CRP (libraries); Publisher inclusive catalogue (industry).
  • Mentoring (staff, writers).
  • Trainee teacher – Nicki G + Just Imagine.
  • I’m going to tell as many colleagues as I can about Inclusive Minds and Librarian’s Charter and persuade them to be proactive promoters and purchasers of inclusive books.
  • Create graphic of ‘How diverse is my publishing house?’
  • Have students ‘study’ and research our classroom library books (fiction): family norms/biases; gender norms/biases;  cultural norms/biases;  racial norms/biases.
  • Attend more events such as this one. Promote discussion before, during and after the events. Use my voice in support of diversity and inclusion.
  • Contact book suppliers – ask for catalogue.
  • Set up meeting with Headmaster, librarians, deputy heads, English head of department, to feed message to their departments and distribute catalogue.
  • Compile list of books to order in based on staff feedback.
  • Teachers to distribute reading list per subject.
  • Speak at parent teacher meetings about diversity.
  • Student council reps to be briefed and obtain feedback from tutor groups – opinion given on teacher and staff requests, and students compile own book list.
  • Make presentations to parents and trustees about the importance and nature of books truly representing diversity.