Authors: Zanib Mian, Fatima Sharafeddine, Rania Zaghir
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Is children’s publishing failing children by only depicting dominant cultures? How can we satisfy our children’s curiosity about their own experiences through reading? Our panel of publishers and authors debates why representing children of different backgrounds and portraying their individual experiences is so important, and how the industry, both in specific regions and globally, could collaborate to speed up.
Fatima Sharafeddine is an award-winning writer and translator for children and young adults who has written and published more than 120 books.
Rania Zaghir is a Lebanese writer and publisher of children’s books, whose books have been translated into 20 different languages. In 2013, she established the national book charity Libraries of Hope.
Zanib Mian’s books have featured on the BBC’s CBeebies Bedtime Stories and in the Guardian for their contribution to diversity in children’s literature. Zanib launched Sweet Apple Publishers in 2014 with a clear commitment to publishing inclusive books.
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