As the dust starts to settle on the new year and people everywhere begin to wonder whether they can really stick to those rather ambitious new year’s resolutions, we’ve taken a look backwards at our best bits of 2015 and forwards at what’s to come in 2016.
2015: Counting down our best bits
Looking at our Facebook page, what Lantana posts did you most enjoy in 2015?
5) Reading the wise words from Dragon Dancer illustrator, Jérémy Pailler, about imagination and innocence: “Whether the dragon is real or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is real for the boy. This is where the beauty of innocence lies. And this power gathers then spreads positive energy to everyone.”
Read the rest of the interview with Jeremy on our blog, here: http://www.lantanapublishing.com/blurring-the-lines-between-reality-and-dream-an-interview-with-jeremy-pailler/
4) Sharing the educational resources that are available to accompany all of our books and can be downloaded for free from the education page of our website: http://www.lantanapublishing.com/education/.
3) Checking out the fabulous review of Chicken in the Kitchen by Zahrah from Bookshy Books: “Chicken in the Kitchen works for a number of reasons – one is Okorafor’s imaginative words, which truly transports you into a world of mystery and magic … Another strength of this book are the breathtaking illustrations by Iranian-British illustrator, Mehrdokht Amini.”
Read the whole review here: http://bookshybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/55-years-of-nigerian-literature-nnedi.html
2) Reading Alice’s article, ‘Top ten reasons we need to see more diversity in children’s literature’, published in Female First, in August.
Read the rest of this fascinating article here: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/top-ten-reasons-we-need-to-see-more-diversity-in-childrens-books-868771.html.
1) Seeing the gorgeous cover art for Looking for Lord Ganesh when we first announced its upcoming publication.
Find out more about the book and pre-order your own copy here: http://www.lantanapublishing.com/shop/books/looking-for-lord-ganesh/.
2016: Looking forward to more best bits
5) We can’t wait for the publication of Looking for Lord Ganesh and The Jasmine Sneeze on April 11th! You can find out more about these books and their award-winning authors and illustrators by visiting our website, where you can also pre-order the books: www.lantanapublishing.com/books.
We also have a few more books up our sleeve so stay tuned over the next few weeks for the upcoming announcement of yet another Lantana title! We’ll give you a hint. It involves the most extraordinary jungle creatures you are ever likely to meet…!
4) Because we know that readers can’t get enough of their favourite stories, we are launching a range of book-related gifts in the Spring. From subscription packages to activity packs, you’ll be sure to find something to engage the young readers in your lives. Keep checking our website for updates.
3) At Lantana, we are committed to creating beautiful books to engage readers from many different cultures and backgrounds and want to make sure that these books reach the children who need them the most. This year, we are working with a charitable partner and a host of well-known authors to publish a collection of Cameroonian tales, re-told for twenty-first century Cameroonian children. Visit our website for more news on this project in the next couple of months.
2) 2016 is going to be a busy year, and we are already booking our tickets for this year’s book fairs in Bologna and London. We’re also hoping to visit some of Britain’s premiere children’s book festivals. Keep an eye on our social media pages and do come and say hello to us at some of these events over the year.
1) In 2016, we want to work with even more talented authors and illustrators. If you’re from a diverse background and have a picture book manuscript you want to submit, we would love to hear from you. Read our submissions guidelines on our website here: www.lantanapublishing.com/submissions.
And how do we know that 2016 is going to be a good year?
5) Award season got off to a flying start for children’s literature with the announcement that Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree had won the Costa Children’s Book Award. You can visit Frances Hardinge’s ‘Twisted City’ and find out more about her work, here: http://www.franceshardinge.com/.
4) #ReadDiverseDecember was so popular that it has become #ReadDiverse2016. Here’s to 2016 being a year of more readers buying and reading diverse books and publishers publishing them! Follow the Read Diverse team at @ReadDiverse2016.
3) Even celebrities are trying to get us reading a more diverse range of literature! In the first week of January, Emma Watson launched a Feminist book club, ‘Our Shared Shelf’, as part of her work with UN Women. You can virtually join the book club on Goodreads, here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/179584-our-shared-shelf
2) You know it’s going to be a good year for children’s literature when the first week of the year sees the announcement of a new children’s book festival. You can read more about the National Trust’s Children’s Book Festival at Wray Castle, in the Lake District, here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle/features/the-first-national-trust-childrens-book-festival-at-wray-castle-.
1) Diversity in children’s literature continues to be a hot topic. Teen blogger, Safah, has already drawn readers’ attention to the need for books to embrace all aspects of different cultures and lifestyles in her recent article in Guardian Children’s Books. You can read her article here: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jan/07/muslim-characters-books-diversity.
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