Lerner Publishing Group and Thomson Reuters Team Up to Lift Diverse Voices in Children’s Book Publishing
MINNEAPOLIS, MN— Lerner Publishing Group has teamed with Thomson Reuters to raise the voices of diverse authors in children’s book publishing. The new publishing program will launch with one young adult nonfiction book in spring 2023 and will continue through spring 2024 with at least 4 additional young adult nonfiction books written by debut and emerging authors, artists, and creators of color. These books will be added to Lerner’s catalog of award-winning and diverse books for children and young adults. Lerner Publishing Group will develop, publish, and distribute the books, and Thomson Reuters will provide printing services. Both companies will promote the books and authors.
Reimagining Police: The History and Future of Law Enforcement, the first book in the joint publishing program, will be released in spring 2023. Written for a teen audience by Minnesota educator and civil rights attorney Dr. Artika Tyner, Reimagining Police is an analysis of the history of law enforcement, criminal justice, and mass incarceration. Readers will learn about topics such as institutional racism, and what it might look like to reimagine the current structure of the police. It explores the role of police, community values regarding public safety, and strategies for building a more just and inclusive society. Future seasons will include books dedicated to Black music influence, missing and murdered Indigenous relatives, tribal sovereignty, and the impact of wildfires and climate change on world cultures.
“From social justice, to race and ethnicity, to social class, Lerner believes that books have the power to affirm our identities and to build understanding with people unlike ourselves,” said Adam Lerner, Publisher and CEO of Lerner Publishing Group. “As the publisher of books that have been awarded and honored by the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the American Indian Youth Literature Award, Lerner is well established in publishing diverse books. By partnering with Thomson Reuters, Lerner is honored to have the opportunity to lift up even more diverse and debut authors so we can continue to challenge misconceptions and broaden our awareness of the world.”
“Thomson Reuters supports efforts to build more inclusive communities as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, Thomson Reuters. “Part of community building is ensuring that diverse voices are heard, and collaborating with Lerner Publishing Group to publish BIPOC authors’ work will help foster honest conversations and change. We’re honored to publish diverse books addressing topics from the role of police and community relations to sovereign rights and the environment.”
About Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with fifteen imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press™, Carolrhoda Books®, Twenty-First Century Books™, Graphic Universe™, Darby Creek™, Kar-Ben Publishing™, Carolrhoda Lab®, LernerClassroom™, Hungry Tomato®, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions™, Lerner Digital™, Zest Books™, and Lerner Publisher Services™. For more information, visit lernerbooks.com or call 800-328-4929. Follow us online at the Lerner Blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook.
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Our products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news service – Reuters. For more information on Thomson Reuters, visit tr.com and for the latest world news, reuters.com.