Inclusively Minded Booksellers:
are committed to ensuring that all children can find themselves in books, as well as those who are different to them
understand the wide-ranging nature of the term ‘diversity’ to encompass race and heritage, disability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion, and culture
are pro-active, questioning who is represented, and how, in each book they stock or supply and discuss this with publisher representatives
ensure that the bookshop/site contains a range of inclusive books as part of the main book collection
keep up to date with issues surrounding diversity and inclusion and ensure all colleagues are kept informed
discuss the charter and chosen action points with colleagues, and distribute copies to all staff
Inclusively Minded booksellers commit to at least three action points:
(These should be reviewed every two years)
Category 1 – Core commitments
(choose at least one)
- Audit current book stock to evaluate inclusivity/diversity and feedback to publishers about missing/underrepresented areas.
- Attend events and discussions around the area of inclusion and diversity.
- Demonstrate that a proportion of books available for sale are effectively inclusive and diverse and that these are given equal status; ensure all staff are aware of the inclusive books available.
- Ensure staff receive some relevant diversity and inclusion training to motivate, educate and inspire them to ensure the bookshop is an inclusive environment.
Category 2 – Supplementary commitments
(choose at least two)
- Stock books by authors/illustrators from diverse groups.
- Discuss inclusion and diversity with colleagues and challenge those who downplay its importance.
- Seek out and support publishers who publish high-quality inclusive books.
- For each book ask ‘Who is represented in this book, and how? Is the representation authentic?’.
- Sign up to relevant newsletters to keep in touch with developments.
- An action of your choice (to be agreed with Inclusive Minds).
Benefits of signing up to the charter
Inclusively Minded bookshops can use the ‘We’re IN-clusively Minded – Everybody In Books’ logo on their website and literature.
Listing on the Everybody In website along with your action points.
Form part of a powerful network including other booksellers, publishers, writers, illustrators, schools, libraries and other agencies who share the commitment to improve diversity and inclusion.
Be a trailblazer in developing a more inclusive and representative book industry.
Endorsed by the Children's Group of the Booksellers Association