September 29 2014
Everybody in: Diversity and Inclusion – turning talk to action
Inclusive Minds made an exclusive announcement at the Bookseller Children’s Conference yesterday of a groundbreaking event which will turn discussions about diversity and inclusion into real action. The idea for the event came from looking at what is working in terms of inclusion and diversity in other countries, and is being developed by Inclusive Minds in partnership with publishers, the PA, IPG and EQUIP.
months, the need for greater diversity has become an area of increasing concern
in the children’s book industry, with numerous campaigns calling for more
inclusive children’s books.
Minds believe that we need to move on from just discussion and that by working
together across the children’s book world we can effect real change. As such, the event represents the first part
of a series of initiatives being planned by Inclusive Minds and other organisations,
working together to support such change.
Leading book figures
including former children’s laureates Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Browne and Anne Fine
have expressed their support for the initiative. Malorie Blackman also welcomed
the news, describing the groundswell of cross-organisation activity around
inclusion and diversity as 'more than timely.’
Inclusive Minds event will take the form of a workshop for the children’s book world
to debate the importance of inclusion and the barriers to achieving this.
‘A Place at the Table’, an afternoon
event to be held on Wednesday 28th January 2015, will give
publishers, booksellers, librarians and teachers the opportunity to come
together in force to show their support for the subject, debate what are the
barriers to change, and find solutions to move forward. The format is based on
the successful event held at Simmons College the US by the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative. 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’.
speed-dating style roundtable event will involve authors and illustrators who
are committed to diversity and inclusion posing questions to each table. These
will range from the importance of access to inclusive and diverse books, to
ideas for practical and commercially sound strategies to ensure that more books
The workshop will allow those in the book industry to actively consider the barriers to inclusion and gain a heightened awareness of what is needed, and the skills required to translate this into action. Delegates will work on concrete action points to take away with them that can be applied in their sector, and publishers will have the opportunity to help develop and sign up to a new ‘Everybody In’ Charter, an inclusion and diversity charter for the children’s publishing industry.
If you're committed to working with us to change the face of children's books, tweet 'I'm in', using the hashtag #everybodyin