CILIP have launched a new magazine, Pen&inc with the aim of promoting diversity in children’s books.
The first edition of Pen&inc has information about 450 titles, interviews with Catherine Johnson and Aisha Bushby, and a poem by Nyanda Foday, former Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham, as well as articles about publishers and academics such as Aimée Felone and Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold. The front cover [see above] features a piece of artwork from Yu Rong, winner of the Quentin Blake Award for Narrative Illustration.
The magazine will be biannual and distributed for free to 1,500 bookshops, 150 library services and 10,000 individual librarians and library organisations.
The magazine will be funded through adverts and enhanced listings, with publishers paying for books to be featured.
The magazine was launched at an event last night (Thursday 2nd May).