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
- 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
- Tell more people about inclusion/diversity.
- Introduce teachers to inclusive books at
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Support more diverse writers. Access
support through funding programmes (grants for the arts etc)
- Find access points for work experience
- Have regular conversations about diversity
initiatives in the children’s book world and communicate them to the wider
- Inclusivity as part of Golden Egg editors
- 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
- Do more of what I’m already doing –
promoting diverse books to teachers and others, mainly through
- 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’
- Redouble efforts to persuade Illustrators’
Agents and Illustration schools to educate their illustrators about diversity
- Speak with team about today’s issues.
- Run a Book Bound writing retreat free for
- Speak to CPA about a TRADE-facing digital
resource that collates inclusive books from all publishers (host on Inclusive
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Teachers to distribute reading list per
- Speak at parent teacher meetings about
- 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.