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  • Jul
    12
    2019

“They laugh in the bath, and they brush and they whoosh and they wash and they slosh and they splosh and they splash!”

“They laugh in the bath, and they brush and they whoosh and they wash and they slosh and they splosh and they splash!”

“They laugh in the bath, and they brush and they whoosh and they wash and they slosh and they splosh and they splash!”

Crumbs! We've launched three books since March.

Let’s talk about The Mysterious Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace. It’s about a brother and sister’s day out at the park with their mum visiting the dinosaur sculptures… Hang on a minute, did that dinosaur… just … blink?

This rhythmic story has children has children laughing and bopping along. Dinosaur sisters intrigue the listener, where do they live, are they really alive? And best of all the story features a family of colour. It is still very important to make children’s books where the main characters are people pop colour and are black and minority ethnic.

Guardian research this year revealed “picture books published in 2018 feature very few BAME characters and have become more biased against girls"

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/13/highly-concerning-picture-books-bias-worsens-as-female-characters-stay-silent

All our books are diverse and inclusive, we are committed to making high quality children’s books featuring girls as heroes, people of colour as the main characters, LGBTI+ families, and people with different abilities. Importantly our ethos is to feature all those things but those are NOT the focus of the story, we don’t labour it, and we do not patronise our readers.

A reader says: “We have a 6 year old who can read the narrative and a 3 year old who remembers the repetitive descriptive words, so finally there is a story they can both enjoy together.”

The Mysterious Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace launched at the Paxton Centre in Crystal Palace - very fitting because one of the dinosaurs is called Paxton. And along with her sister Victoria was named (through our competition) by 8-year-old aspiring palaeontologist, Fiachra Moylan. The launch was huge and crazy and fabulous. A great day.

I can’t wait to tell you about or other book launches, watch this space!

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