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CILIP magazine to promote diversity and inclusion in children’s publishing

Pen&inc. is a brand-new industry magazine and listings guide to diverse and inclusive children’s books launched by CILIP, the library and information association. 

With a mission to improve young readers’ choice and access to diverse and inclusive books, Pen&inc. provides a listings guide for diverse, inclusive and representative books with over 450 titles submitted for the Spring/Summer edition.

Writer and broadcaster Konnie Huq joined CILIP to launch Pen&inc. alongside publishing industry guests on the evening of Thursday 2nd May at CLPE’s Literacy Library, in Lambeth.

Konnie said:

“Growing up as a minority, despite being a voracious reader, it sometimes felt like books often didn’t quite cater for me and so they weren’t always relatable. And I don’t just mean from an ethnicity point of view but also how you feel as child – anything that can mark you out – whether disability, religion, culture, or even stuff like being a bit geeky. Pen&inc. is such an important publication because young people are our future and without diverse stories and characters being published and celebrated we prevent progression for change towards a more inclusive and empathetic world.”

Pen&inc. also features an in-depth look at how a new generation of publishers are learning about and looking at diversity. It’s up to librarians, booksellers and publishers to put great stories, wonderful characters and strong voices in front of children.

An amazing piece of artwork from illustrator Yu Rong, the winner of the Quentin Blake Award for Narrative Illustration, adorns the front cover of the first issue of the magazine. And Pen&inc. will be looking for more new talent to feature on each cover of future issues.


·         Pen&inc. is a bi-annual publication, with Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter issues published in April and September

·         Pen&inc. will be distributed to 1,500+ bookshops across the UK; to more than 150 library services and library service managers; and around 10,000 individual librarians and library organisations

·         Pen&inc offers free listing space to promote diverse and inclusive books, authors and illustrators –the first issue features more than 450 titles from 35 publishers

·         Pen&inc. will also be available to view online

CILIP launches magazine to promote diversity and inclusion

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