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Breaking the Binary: A Guide to Australian Middle Grade Publishers with Diverse Books

Australian middle grade publishers are increasingly focusing on publishing books that break the binary and promote inclusivity, diversity and representation. These books provide young readers with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, and help to create a more inclusive and equitable literary landscape. One example of a publisher that focuses on diverse books is Magabala Books, which is Australia's oldest Indigenous publishing house. They specialize in publishing Indigenous authors and illustrators and promote a greater understanding of Indigenous culture and history. Another example is Koala Books, which focuses on publishing books that promote inclusivity and diversity. They aim to represent the experiences of all children and their books feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds. Small press publishers such as Ford Street Publishing, and Walker Books Australia are also making waves in the industry, they have a strong focus on developing new and emerging Australian authors and illustrators and promoting their work to a wider audience. In addition, publishers such as Hardie Grant Egmont, and Scholastic Australia are also actively seeking out and promoting diverse authors and stories. When looking for diverse books, it's also important to consider the representation and diversity of the characters in the book, as well as the author's platform and engagement with the target audience. It's important for parents, educators, and librarians to be aware of these publishers and actively seek out and support their books. They can also encourage schools, libraries and bookstores to stock a diverse range of books from these publishers. In conclusion, there are many Australian middle grade publishers that are focused on publishing diverse books that break the binary and promote inclusivity, diversity and representation. This can provide young readers with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, and help to create a more inclusive and equitable literary landscape. It's important for parents, educators, and librarians to be aware of these publishers and actively seek out and support their books.


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