These are pieces on writing, publishing and inclusion. Click on the title to read the original piece or on the links to read on the websites that commissioned them. I'm gradually adding articles I've written in the past, so check back for more later - and don't forget to hit the refresh button!
Writing & Publishing
Articles about Writing
Picture a Story - an author's story about letting go -
The challenge authors have when handing over a text for an artist to interpret and illustrate: for
National Share A Story Month 2017
The Federation of Children's Book Groups
Anna McQuinn writes about gardens and she takes Lola with her
for Unabridged -
Charlesbridge Publishing's Author & Illustrator blog:
Anna McQuinn writes and Gardens and she takes Lola with her - July 2014
Storytelling in a multi-lingual setting
In Books for Keeps No 180 -
What inspires me to write & publish inclusively
An article commissioned by CLPE as part of the
Reflecting Realities and Representation Study
Articles about Publishing
An Inadvertent Publisher - Alanna Books 10 Anniversary
interview with Books for Keeps 2016
Random Ramblings of a Small Independent Publisher
interview for The Letterpress Project 2016
Sales of the Lola and Leo books hit $1million in the USA in 2016. Read all about it in the Bookseller by clicking here.
Gendered Marketing of children's books
It's NOT what kids want!
Books for Keeps No. 203, Read the original here.
Inclusion & Representation
Who gets to hold the Purple Plastic Purse?
Beyond inclusion in children's books
In Write4Children, Vol IV, Issue II
Winchester University Press
Why inclusive picture books need to think about class and poverty An article commissioned by BookTrust
If I were in charge of the World
10 Rules for Inclusive Publishing
blog for Barrington Stoke 2015
Stories for everyone and naturally including childen with disabilities.
An interview with Alex Strick for Booktrust -
click here to read on the BookTrust website
Ebb and flow: The advances and retreats in the battle to make children’s books more inclusive and diverse
IBBY Conference, key note speech 2015
or read on my blog here
On reviewing books which are marketed
in a very gendered way -
a response to an article in the Independent newspaper.
Read the original here.
Articles and blogs
I've written articles for Books for Keeps, Carousel, Write-4-Children and IBBYLink and I've blogged about Gender, Play
and children's books here and here
I'm happy to do 'virtual' interviews - see here
Let's have a world full of books for everyone
Interview with Alex Strick
Books for Keeps - links to articles
An Inadvertent Publisher - Alanna Books
BfK No. 218 (May 2016)
Gendered marketing of children’s books -
It’s NOT ‘what kids want’
BfK No. 203 (November 2013)
Storytelling in Multi-lingual settings
BfK No. 180 (January 2010)
Federation of Children's Book Groups
If you want to support and encourage your own or other children in reading, if you want to learn more about children’s books or set up a family reading group, if you are a teacher or librarian who would like to share your passion and expertise about books with your local community, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups offers you the opportunity to do all of these.
Picture a Story - An author's story about letting go
- for National Share-a-Story Month
Write-4-Children - Winchester University Press
Vol IV, Issue II - Diversity, Inclusion & Equality
Who Gets the Purple, Plastic Purse? Beyond inclusion in children's books
Here Wee Read -
At Here Wee Read, I find and share the very best diverse and non-diverse books that I read aloud with my two children.
I am dedicated to shaping our family culture around books
and a love for shared reading.
KidLit 411 -
A one stop information shop for children's writers and illustrators
The Letterpress Project
At the Letterpress Project we believe that there is something very special about reading books...Our project has been established to help spread an important message – that books can change everyone’s life.
Innovative Solutions for Publishing & Media
Publisher Interview about Alanna Books
No. 48 Spring 2017 - Marvelous Imaginations -
Extending thinking through picture books
Interview about What Are You Playing At?
Charlesbridge Blogspot - Unabridged
A Red Thread
Ask the Author - Lola blog tour
Anna McQuinn Writes and Gardens and She Takes Lola with Her
Barrington Stoke Blog - If I were in charge of the World
10 inclusive children's books laws
Articles by other people - my favourite pieces on various topics
I care passionately about children's right to see themselves in books for no reason at all - this is called all sorts of things. I like the expression 'natural inclusion' best. The articles below explore the topic...
We Don’t Only Need More Diverse Books. We Need
More Diverse Books Like
The Snowy Day.
One of my favourite articles which really says everything I've ever wanted to say on the subject of 'natural inclusion'
By Rumaan Alam in Slate Magazine:
28 Black Picture Books that are not about Boycotts, Buses or Basketball
by Scott Woods
The first in a series on
Scott Woods Makes Lists
When you say you 'don't see race', you're ignoring racism
by Zach Stafford
in The Guardian - here
7 Reasons why 'Colorblindness' Contributes to Racism
by Jon Greenberg in
Everyday Feminism - here
Colorblind Ideology is a form of Racism
by Monnica T Williams
in Phychology Today - here
Diversity in Publishing
an amazing series of reports
developed at CLPE
Reflecting Realities and Representation
My article as part of the series is here.
A Place at the Table
A fabulous starting point for anyone interested in diversity from
A video interview with
Rudine Sims Bishop, Ph.D.
Ohio State University
Writing Past The White Gaze
As A Black Author
by LJ Alonge
Super super article
Diverse Books: Don't Categorize as "Special Interest"
by Ellen Oh in
School Library Journal
Guest Post by Patrice Lawrence:
Understand. Support. Challenge.
When It Comes to Inclusivity in Publishing, Editors Also Play a Role
Strong Women -
I hate Strong Female Characters
We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome
The myth of the STRONG BLACK WOMAN
I am not Someone’s Sister, Mother, Wife or Daughter: I am Someone, all on my Own
Diverse Thinking from Diverse Folks About Diverse Books
Best explanation for why
'All Lives Matter' is not an appropriate response to
Black Lives Matter
by Geek Aesthete
Kindness is not Justice