Do you believe that children's books should represent ALL children? Do you believe that ALL children should be able to access great books? If you stand behind our philosophy, please sign up to show your support.
Malorie Blackman - Children's Laureate
"All of our children have the right to see themselves reflected in the stories available to them. Diversity is more than just seeing yourself reflected in the world of literature, it's about others being able to see you too. Every child should have a voice. No child should be invisible."
Julia Donaldson - Children's Laureate 2011-2013
"As a children’s laureate with a special interest in diversity I became aware how many good organisations and projects there are, but couldn’t help wishing that everyone was linked together more. So I’m absolutely delighted that this collective now exists within the children’s book world, and I would urge everyone to join Alex, Beth and Inclusive Minds in their commitment to promoting the need for books which are truly inclusive of all children."
Sir Quentin Blake - Children's Laureate 1999-2001
"Books offer children a way of exploring and understanding the world. We owe it to them to ensure that those books include everyone. Which is why I support Inclusive Minds in helping ensure that all children can see themselves reflected in stories and pictures."
Gillian Cross - Author
"It's important for us all to find ourselves in books - but maybe even more important for us to find characters who are different from us. Inclusiveness is important for those of us who live in mixed communities, but even more important if we think we are surrounded by people just like ourselves."
Laurence and Catherine Anholt – Author/Illustrators
"Children’s books are doors into warm and magical worlds of experience. No child should be left out in the cold. Thank you, Inclusive Minds for reminding authors that every child is different and to open our doors a little wider."
Nick Sharratt – Author/Illustrator
"With the guidance and expertise that Inclusive Minds can provide on matters of diversity and inclusions, the world of children's books has such a lot to gain."
Meg Rosoff - Author
"Thank goodness someone has thought to address the multicultural, multi-abled community in which we live with literary models for all children. Inclusive Minds is an idea whose time has well and truly come."
"Inclusive Minds is a beacon of hope in a world of children's books still colonised by pink and blue cultures. Progress relies not only on a vision of inclusivity but also on action to back it up: this is a truly exciting organisation."
As a teacher, SEN coordinator and children's author I am really keen to support an organisation that focuses on making sure books are accessible and appealing to readers. All children should be able to access books that portray characters and situations they can connect with and recognise."
Lucy Coats - Author
"Children's books are the door to other worlds. Those can be magical worlds, or they can be a world where the child reader walks in someone else's shoes for a while. We need books which show every kind of experience, with characters of every ethnicity, from every part of society. We need LGBT role models, we need heroes and heroines of every colour and race - and above all we need books and writers to open the door and light the candle of inclusiveness in every child's mind."
Liza Millar – Junior Editor, Templar Publishing
"Inclusive Minds is a great initiative that is sorely needed within publishing. Too often pushed into narrow portrayals of children based on what we think 'the market' wants, this is a brilliant call-to-action for all the originators of children's books."
Phil May – Book Blogger, Read it, Daddy
"There is a growing need for impetus behind the drive for more inclusive books, moving away from gender stereotypes, stale characters and more imaginative storytelling that includes every child that shows an interest in books. Knowing some of the folk behind Inclusive Minds fills me with confidence that the site, its advice and the books it chooses will fulfil those criteria and many more."
Carmen Haselup – Book Blogger, Rhino Reads
"As a gay parent and early years educator, not to mention Rainbow Book Fairy, I believe that inclusive children's literature is vital in developing a child's love of books and lifelong learning. I'm excited to see what Inclusive Minds has in store for us all."
Alison Bowers - English Subject Leader, Primary PGCE, University of East London
"It is absolutely vital that all children see themselves and their families reflected in the books that they read. It's great to see Inclusive Minds coming together."
Susan Clow - Former Manager, In The Picture
"It's exciting to see and be part of this new initiative. We have to keep working away at this. It won't go away."
Anne Booth - Parent
"As a mum of four and as a writer, I really support this. I would have joined it even before I became a mum and started to write, because of my experience 20 years ago of searching for good books for a little Ugandan refugee. I found it so hard to find books with black children in – I hope things have improved but I am sure, sadly, that there are many children from different backgrounds who still don't feel they can find 'themselves' in books."
Elli Woollard - Author
"My local community is a fantastic mix – young, old, black, brown, white, gay, straight, disabled, non-disabled – and it has always saddened me that children's books aren't more reflective of this. We need to be doing better than having a token black child pictured in a crowd scene."
Let Toys be Toys – Campaign
"We think the Inclusive Minds project is an excellent idea and wholeheartedly support it. As a campaign group who also challenge stereotypes, we'd love all children to have access to representative, inclusive books."
Vanda Carter – Parent
"Yes, yes! Diversity really is the new norm. (Diversity was the old norm too, but it was a bit of a secret.) We definitely do need more books which tell children the truth about the very curious world they live in, and all the people who live with them in it. Good luck, Inclusive Minds."
Fleur Boyle – Parent
"It is so refreshing to see something that really resonates with me. I've always thought there was a real lack of any diversity in children's books."
Rebecca Butler - Children's Literature Specialist
"Having been a child in a wheelchair, I know how important the absence of children in wheelchairs and with other disabilities was for me. I believe passionately in what Inclusive Minds is doing. About time! More please!"
"I did research on getting inclusive picture books into libraries (some of it was published in 'Library Services for Children and Young People – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age". Really excited to see this."
Every child should be able to recognise their authentic selves in books they love, to find their unique experiences expressed incidentally in pictures and stories where they just happen to appear, where they can be encountered by others. All children need to know that they are part of a much wider world that includes so many others, alike and different, and wonderfully so."
Looking forward to beginning my publishing career in an industry actively pushing for gender equality and inclusivity."
Children's books and literature that positively represent diverse ranges of families and communities can be seen to support a culturally responsive curriculum"
Linda Ellis – Parent/Educator
Joyce Dunbar – Author
Di Lorriman – Illustrator
Joe Marriott – Tamarind Books
Jo Bowers – Lecturer
Loll Kirby – Parent/Book Blogger, Storyseekers
Eden Bailey - Oxford University Student
Liz Chapman - PHD student and librarian
Alison Francis – Children's Services Librarian, Marlboro Free Library
Janie Nicholas – SEN Press
Terry Potter – University lecturer
Angela Sawyer – Newman University
Debbie Harris – Newman University
Shoo Raynor – Author/Illustrator
Maurice Lyon – Children's Book Editor and Publisher
Sally Collard – Dyslexia Specialist
Anna McQuinn – Alanna Books
Joshua Dart – Educator
Cory Silverberg - Author/Educator
Jax Blunt – Parent/Educator
Heidi Mapley – Parent
Juliet Tydd – Parent
Laura Coulman – Publishing Professional
David Salariya – Salariya Book Company
Leila Rasheed – Author
Michelle Robinson – Author
Giancarlo Gemin - Author
Fiona Bradbury - MA Publishing Student
Maxine Lee – Author/Illustrator
Jodie Brooks - School Librarian
Bea Davenport – Author
Michael Leach – Author
Robin Garland – NE Lincolnshire Libraries
Carolyn Choong – Educator
Helen Weir – Egmont UK