I write about gender 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 -
Articles about Publishing
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
An Inadvertent Publisher - Alanna Books 10 Anniversary
interview with Books for Keeps 2016
Random Ramblings of a Small Independent Publisher
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.
Sleepover and Identity
Are sleepovers an opportunity for young children to think about identity - to see things through someone else's eyes; to share the experience of living in another household; to think about what it’s like to be a child living in different circumstances; to imagine what it might be like to instead live this child’s life as part of this household.
(Also on my blog if you'd like to comment)
How a picture book about a cat could help teach children about consent and boundaries
- article commissioned by BookTrust
Picture books can help children develop empathy
Blog post commissioned for
Empathy Day 2018
Starting School or pre-school
Parents and teachers in the UK and Ireland, Lulu's First Day is the UK edition. Click here for tips for preparing your child's first day at school or pre-school.
Parents and teachers in the US and Canada, Lola Goes to School is the US edition. Click here for your tips.
Click here for more information, thoughs about the story and insights for teachers.
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