Inclusivity in Children’s Books for SEND

Podcast episode: 107

In Conversation with Sanjee De Silva from Sweet Cherry Publishing

Tugce Bicakci-Syed - MA Publishing

In this episode of Oxford International Centre for Publishing Podcast, Associate Trainee Tugce Bicakci-Syed dives deep into the topic of inclusivity in children’s & YA publishing. Drawing on the results of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities research, Bicakci-Syed explores how simply increasing diverse representation is not enough on the journey towards true inclusivity, particularly for children with SEND. Featuring the publisher Sanjee De Silva from Sweet Cherry Publishing on a discussion about their new imprint Every Cherry, the episode highlights the significant role of real-life experiences in achieving authentic representation and the research behind designing an imprint tailored for children with SEND.

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