Penguin US announces imprint for diverse kids books
In the US, Penguin Young Readers will launch a new imprint focusing on diverse books for children and young adults, reports Publishers Weekly.
Called Kokila, the new imprint will seek to ‘add depth and nuance to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it’, and its debut list will launch in the American summer of 2019.
Kokila will release around 15-20 fiction and nonfiction titles each year, including picture books, middle-grade titles, YA and graphic novels.
Kokila publisher Namrata Tripathi said the imprint will address diversity across a range of experience, including race, sexuality, religion, ability and other markers. ‘Building community will be a large part of our identity,’ said Tripathi. ‘We will be able to make a positive contribution to the conversation by approaching [the publishing of diverse books] in a thoughtful and holistic way.’