The week is drawing to a close, but we are still on a birthday high! We thought it would be great to round off our celebrations by sharing 3 of our best accomplishments.
1. Our 10 inclusive and diverse books!
We are thrilled to have created 10 visually stunning, high-quality books that children from all over the world enjoy. What’s more, we are proud that all of our books are products of intercultural collaborations. To date, our small team, authors and illustrators come from almost 20 countries. This creative cultural exchange, wherein we tell the same story from different cultural perspectives, continues to energise and motivate us.
Around the world with Lantana’s books
We are especially proud of the success of A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon, a charity fundraiser and preservation project that sought to give children in Korup, Cameroon 2000 books. Together with Tom Moorhouse and 10 fabulous authors (including Abi Elphinstone, Piers Torday and Gill Lewis), illustrator Emmie van Biervliet and the conservation charity WildCru (Oxford University), we created a special collection of tales. The project raised more than £13,000 for the Korup children.
2. Awards and accolades!
Last year Chicken in the Kitchen won Best Book at the Children’s Africana Book Awards and was made a White Ravens Honour Book. The book’s illustrator Mehrdokht Amini earned a Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 nomination for her stunning work. She is also 1 of only 17 UK entrants in the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Awards – one of the most important awards in book illustration. Amongst our awards and accolades are:
- Dragon Dancer – Longlisted for Best Picture Book in The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2016
- A Wisp of Wisdom – Longlisted for Best Quality Fiction in The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2017
- The Tigon and the Liger – Longlisted, Little Rebels Award 2017 ; Shortlisted, Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2017
- The Wooden Camel – Included in EmpathyLabUK’s Read for Empathy Guide, endorsed by Nicolette Jones of The Sunday Times and arguably one of the most important booklists of the year.
Mehrdokht Amini (illustrator), Alice Curry and Nnedi Okorafor (author) in Washington DC for the Children’s Africana Book Awards
We are also amazed to have been 1 of 5 publishers – and the only one from the UK – shortlisted for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year (Europe Category) at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017. Finally, our founder and director Alice Curry received recognition this year for her amazing leadership and clear vision. She was shortlisted for the Young Stationers’ Prize and won the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which celebrates women of promise in publishing.
3. Hello, USA and Canada!
Chicken in the Kitchen, The Tigon and the Liger, Sleep Well, Siba and Saba and The Wooden Camel have had a wonderful welcome in the USA, already receiving starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and high praise from Publisher’s Weekly, the SLJ and book bloggers like HereWeeRead. We are very excited that more children in the USA and Canada will have a chance to read our books. Our books are distributed by Lerner Publishing Services.
Hardcover US editions!
And there you have it, our magic number 3.
We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU for cheering us on these past 3 years. We look forward to many more years of championing inclusion and representation in children’s books.
Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read.
Watch this space and our social media channels for news on our exciting new books, special offers and discounts!
The Lantana Team