A Place at the Table - Librarians

Inclusive Minds has announced an exclusive opportunity to be involved in a pioneering discussion with publishers, booksellers and teachers about diversity and inclusion in children’s books.

We all know that we need to see a range of children and families represented in books, but inclusive books can be hard to find. Inclusive Minds is holding an event to bring together all those involved in getting books into children’s hands. The event will aim to identify the barriers, and agree on practical solutions to enable the children’s book world to move forward.

Librarians obviously represent a crucial part of the chain of getting books to children, as well as sharing and enjoying them, so it is important that educators are part of this discussion. To that end we’ve opened up a limited number of places to librarians at this exclusive and intimate event.

To ensure the event is affordable, we're offering librarians 65% off the ticket price with the code INCLUSIVELIBRARY. Places will be limited to one per library to ensure a mix of participants and are extremely limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.


What?

A Place at the Table is a highly innovative discussion-based workshop, run by Inclusive Minds, the Publishers Association, the IPG and EQUIP, that will give participants the unique opportunity to come together in force to show their commitment to achieving real inclusion and diversity in children’s books. The discussion will range from the importance of access to inclusive and diverse books, to identifying the barriers, to ideas for practical and commercially sound strategies to enable the children’s book world to move forward.

The event will take the form of simultaneous round-table discussions. Each table will be made up of participants from different industries and an author or illustrator with a commitment to achieving authentic inclusion will facilitate the conversation. These will include Pippa Goodhart, James Dawson, Anna McQuinn, Jane Ray, Ken Wilson Max and Susie Day. There will be the opportunity to continue the discussion and network over drinks after the main event.

Why?

‘Diversity and inclusion’ is the hot topic in the children’s book world, but we need to move on from just campaigning and talking about the need and importance to real action, and Inclusive Minds strongly believe that by working together across the children’s book world we can effect real change.

Who?

The event is primarily designed for those working directly in the book industry: publishing staff (publishing directors, editorial, marketing and publicity, design, and sales), agents, children’s librarians, booksellers and book buyers, and teachers.

Outcomes

Participants will be part of a unique movement towards genuine inclusion in the children’s book world. As part of continuing professional development, all delegates will come away with new skills, concrete action points, and the motivation to apply them in their role within the industry. Librarian delegates will have the opportunity to help develop and sign up to a new ‘Everybody In’ charter, an inclusion and diversity charter for libraries. Signatories will be recognised as Inclusively Minded Libraries and able to use the 'We're IN-clusively Minded' logo on their website and literature, and receive a listing on the Inclusive Minds website alongside their action points.

When and Where?

Wednesday 28 January
1:30pm–6:30pm
The Publishers Association
29b Montague Street
London WC1B 5BW

The format is based on the successful event held in the US by the nonprofit trade association, the Children’s Book Council, through their diversity initiative, CBC Diversity. One review of which stated that ‘by providing a space for people to connect across disciplines, the event allowed new kinds of synergies to arise.’