Diversity in Children’s Books and the Representation of Different Childhoods


Time: 5.30 – 6.30 pm IST (GMT +5.5)

Description: Emily Drabble and Sayoni Basu In Conversation
This session is bound to be a treat for children’s literature enthusiasts everywhere.
Emily Drabble, Head of Children’s Book Promotion and Prizes at the London-based reading for pleasure charity BookTrust speaks with Sayoni Basu, one of India’s leading children’s book editors, responsible for publishing some of the most exciting titles in contemporary literature for young readers over the years.
Emily and Sayoni will share their thoughts on:
– the need for children to see themselves in books & how far we have come in this regard– how independent & mainstream publishers approach the subject of diversity
– whether there is scope for academia to study the impact of children’s literature on the reading public


Sayoni Basu has been an editor of books for children for more years than she can remember. She has worked with Penguin, Scholastic and Amar Chitra Katha, and is a co-founder of Duckbill Books.





Emily Drabble is head of children’s book promotion and prizes at the reading for pleasure charity BookTrust; heading up the team that runs the Children’s Laureate, BookTrust Represents inclusion project, BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, BookTrust Storytime Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award, as well as publishing the BookTrust’s Great Books Guide, children’s book reviews on the BookTrust website and other content and advice to help inspire all children read for pleasure. Before BookTrust, Emily was a Guardian journalist, where she most recently edited the Guardian Children’s Books website from 2014 to 2016.