Click on the links to read the full news items. 

8 April 2019

London Book Fair report, footage and transcript

Following our well-attended London Book Fair seminar last month, we are delighted to now share a video of the seminar and an associated transcript, both provided for by Inclusion Ambassador Jo Ross-Barrett.

We are also thrilled to share the following report on the event, thanks to Inclusion Ambassador Jessi Parrott.

We need more mirrors and windows

by Jessi Parrott (Inclusion Ambassador)

Reflections on “Diversity – where’s the issue?” an Inclusive Minds seminar at London Book Fair 2019

On Wednesday 13th March, I attended the seminar hosted by Inclusive Minds as part of this year’s London Book Fair. 

Inclusive Minds have previously held seminars at the prominent publishing industry event, to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion of all kinds in children’s and young adult literature. This one, though, was a little different, having been devised and pitched by members of the collective’s network of Inclusion Ambassadors – young people and parents who advise publishers, authors and illustrators on representation. 

As I am lucky enough to count myself in this number due to experience relating to disability and sexuality, I was invited along to write this report reflecting on the discussion and response.

Read on.

15 January 2019

London Book Fair seminar with a difference

Inclusive Minds is proud to announce that it will be running a star-studded panel session with a difference on 13 March 2019 at the London Book Fair.  

Cerrie Burnell (author, actor and TV presenter) and Ade Adepitan (author, Paralympic athlete and TV presenter) will join three young Inclusion Ambassadors (Heather Lacey, Jay Hulme and Rose Robbins) to explore authentic representation in children’s and YA fiction.  The innovative seminar will use an interactive approach to discuss why diversity should not be considered an ‘issue’, but something to be included naturally and incidentally.

The seminar will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday 13 March in The Children’s Hub, London Olympia.

Read on.

Photo of author, presenter and athlete Ade Adepitan


17 November 2017

Inclusive Minds announce new format for A Place at the Table

Inclusive Minds launched the third A Place at the Table event in The Bookseller today.

The event will take place on 6 February 2018 and a new format will offer attendees some exciting additional features. Hosted by Penguin Random House, and delivered in partnership with The Publishers Association, this year the event is being expanded into a full-day format, with morning keynote speakers and roundtable discussion to be followed by a new forum-style event in the afternoon. This innovative new element will give delegates the chance to talk with one of the Inclusive Minds ‘Young Ambassadors for Inclusion’ and/or a subject specialist, in a small group, allowing them to build their knowledge and confidence of a particular facet of diversity. The event will also offer an opportunity for some attendees to share industry highlights and their own case studies.

Find out more...

Book now...

28 February 2017

Announcement of Crowdfunding Campaign

Inclusive Minds have announced a plan to help support real change and ensure authentic inclusion in children’s books.

An innovative crowdfunding project will give a voice to children and young people – the people who know most about what they want to see represented in books and how – and enable them to share valuable experiences with those who would like help ensuring authenticity.

Where real inclusion in books is concerned, thorough research is vital. Inclusive Minds will develop an extensive network of Ambassadors for Inclusion.  These are young people of all ages with experience of marginalisation who can share their unique expertise (covering all facets of diversity) with the book world.  

Find out more...

Contribute now

19 May 2016 

Another chance to take a place at the table

We are delighted to announce that a second ‘A Place at the Table’ event will take place on 15 June 2016.

Key parties from across the book world will come together to ensure the continued move towards a more inclusive and diverse children’s book landscape. This workshop follows the success of our first ‘A Place at the Table’ event in January 2015, attended by over 50 book industry representatives. The workshop aimed to start turning talk to action, inspire commitment and generate new developments, which included ‘EverybodyIn’ charters for the children’s book world.

Click on the link above to read full article and find out how to book your place.

9 March 2016 

Just Imagine.... A whole Dahl book in one Day!

“She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village." Matilda


For a third year in succession, this February half term saw Inclusive Minds at the Imagine Children’s Festival at Southbank Centre in London.

This year (to mark the Roald Dahl centenary), we worked with the festival organisers to deliver a spectacular 'Dahl in a Day' event.

Click on the link above to read full news article.

February 2 2016

Create your own Dahl Character with Inclusive Minds

Bruce Bogtrotter, Miss Trunchbull, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Arthur Slugworth, Prince Pondicherry, Mr Snoddy….can anyone beat Roald Dahl for creating unusual and humorous book characters? Here’s your chance to try! If you are visiting the ‘Dahl in a Day’ event on 18 February...

Click on the link above to read full news article.

January 13 2016

“Dahl in a Day" at Imagine Children's Festival 2016” 

On Thursday 18 February 2016, Inclusive Minds will be working in partnership with Southbank Centre to deliver a unique day of Roald Dahl inspired activity.

Come along and join a host of children/young people and some very well-known faces as we read the whole of Roald Dahl’s iconic book Matilda.

Click on link above for full details.

November 10 2015

Inclusive Minds launches "Ambassadors for Inclusion" 

The Inclusive Minds collective aims to bring people together, working collaboratively to develop a more inclusive children’s book landscape.

In addition to our existing range of partners, supporters and collaborators, we are pleased to announce our very wonderful new network of ‘Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion’. This is a team of young people and/or parents with a real interest in seeing better representation of one or more facets of diversity.

Click on the link above to read full news article.

April 14 2015

Including the Excluded: Diversity and Inclusion in Action - Inclusive Minds were delighted to run a seminar at the 2015 London Book Fair.  

The Inclusive Minds seminar aimed to show how and why the children’s book world is uniting in an effort to improve inclusion and diversity in books. Experienced children’s book publishers joined forces with writers and speakers with knowledge of particularly under-represented groups to demonstrate how current activity is turning talk to action.

Click on the link above to view photos and read transcripts of the speaker's presentations. 

September 26 2014

Diversity and Inclusion: Turning Talk to Action – Inclusive Minds made an exclusive announcement at the Bookseller Children’s Conference of groundbreaking plans which will turn discussions about diversity and inclusion into real action.

March 2014

Little Rebels 2013 Shortlist Announced - On Saturday 29th March 2014, the shortlist for the 2014 Little Rebels Children's Book Award was announced.

February 2014

Imagine, Imagine, Imagine - On Friday 21 February, hundreds of families flocked to the Level 5 function room at Royal Festival Hall to take part in ‘What About Me?’, a groundbreaking day of truly inclusive and accessible children’s book activity, developed and delivered by Inclusive Minds as part of Imagine Festival.

July 2013

Launch of 'This is Me!' Book Packs - We teamed up with Letterbox Library to select two very special book packs. Selecting the books involved a lot of interesting discussion.

June 2013

Launch Party for Max the Champion - A group of diverse characters came together to celebrate the arrival of Max the Champion published by Frances Lincoln. 

Malorie Blackman Announced as New Children's Laureate - Malorie Blackman, the bestselling author of the highly acclaimed and award-winning Noughts & Crosses teen series, has been crowned the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2013 – 2015.

April 2013

Little Rebels 2013 Shortlist Announced - The shortlist has been announced for the new award for radical children’s fiction, The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required
Email Format