Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Children’s Publishing and Black Britain, 1965-2015

Authors: Sands-O'Connor, Karen

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  • Details the attempts by both mainstream and independent publishers to address a Black British audience
    Spans a crucial 50-year period
    Uses a historical approach to investigate the motivations behind both mainstream and independent publishing decisions

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This book examines a critical period in British children’s publishing, from the earliest days of dedicated publishing firms for Black British audiences to the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK. Taking a historical approach that includes education acts, Black protest, community publishing and children’s literature prizes, the study investigates the motivation behind both independent and mainstream publishing firm decisions to produce books for a specifically Black British audience. Beginning with a consideration of early reading schemes that incorporated Black and Asian characters, the book continues with a history of one of the earliest presses to publish for children, Bogle L’Ouverture. Other chapters look at the influence of community-based and independent presses, the era of multiculturalism and anti-racism, the effect of racially-motivated violence on children’s publishing, and the dubious benefit of awards for Black British publishing. The volume will appeal to children’s literature scholars, librarians, teachers, education-policy makers and Black British historians.

About the authors

Karen Sands-O’Connor is Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State, USA, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, UK. She publishes widely on race, racism, and children’s literature, most notably in Soon Come Home to this Island: West Indians in British Children’s Literature (2008) and her edited collection with Marietta Frank, Internationalism in Children’s Series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: We’re Here Because You Were There—The Beginnings of Publishing for a Black British Audience

    Pages 1-25

    Sands-O’Connor, Karen

  • Postwar Education, Reading Schemes, and Race: Leila Berg and Nippers

    Pages 27-51

    Sands-O’Connor, Karen

  • Britain, Black Empowerment and Bogle L’Ouverture: Independent Black Publishing of the 1960s–1980s

    Pages 53-82

    Sands-O’Connor, Karen

  • The Multicultural Education Movement, Anti-Racism and Publishing for Children, 1980–1995

    Pages 83-112

    Sands-O’Connor, Karen

  • New Models for Engagement: Independent Publishing After 1990

    Pages 113-134

    Sands-O’Connor, Karen

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57903-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95423-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children’s Publishing and Black Britain, 1965-2015
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57904-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57904-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57903-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95423-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 197
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