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Lantana Publishing 2018 Catalogue Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read.


Welcome to LANTANA PUBLISHING, the home of diverse and inclusive books for children. Lantana Publishing is a young, independent publishing house producing award-winning picture books for children. Lantana’s mission is to select outstanding writing from around the world, working with prize-winning authors and illustrators from many countries, while at the same time nurturing new writing talent. Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read.

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You’re Safe With Me Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISHSWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASHSNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them. “You’re safe with me.” 3rd May 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-1-911373-29-2 - world rights Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller. She is inspired by the rich epics and folktales of India as well as its diverse culture and natural beauty. She has published over 30 wellloved picture books in India and the UK.

Poonam Mistry is a UK-based illustrator of Indian heritage. Her work is heavily influenced by nature, folklore and traditional Indian art. With a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, Poonam produces artwork for clients around the world.

‘This beautiful bedtime book is a feast for the eyes and a warm, cosy blanket for the imagination.’ Tamara Macfarlane, Tales on Moon Lane

SPRING 2018

You’re Snug With Me coming in the Autumn!


Nimesh the Adventurer Ranjit Singh & Mehrdokht Amini

Nimesh is walking home from school. Except…there happens to be a shark in the corridor. And a dragon in the library! And why would crossing the road lead to the North Pole? A fun-filled story about a little boy with a BIG imagination, Nimesh the adventurer will surely make even the dullest journey a dazzling adventure. Ranjit Singh is a British children’s book author of East Indian heritage. He uses words to reach out and inspire people in his community. This is his debut picture book.

5th April 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-1-911373-24-7 - world rights

Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-born illustrator who has won the Children’s Africana Best Book Award and been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal.

See also Chicken in the Kitchen by Mehrdokht Amini!

SPRING 2018


Kaya’s Heart Song Diwa Tharan Sanders & Nerina Canzi

Kaya is looking for her heart song – the song that happy hearts sing. Her search takes her on a journey deep into the jungle where a broken down carousel waits for a very special song to make it turn again… Grounded in the principles of mindfulness and with a helpful information section at the back of the book, this joyful story set in the vibrant jungles of Malaysia will truly make your heart sing.

Diwa Tharan Sanders is a Malaysian author of Indian-Filipino heritage. A keen yoga practitioner, she teaches meditation and breathwork classes.

8th March 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS - ISBN: 978-1-911373-22-3 - world rights

Nerina Canzi is an award-winning Argentinian illustrator whose books have won the prestigious Premio Nacional Y Latinoamericano De Literatura Infantil Y Juvenil award.

SPRING 2018 See also The Ammuchi Puchi by Nerina Canzi! ‘Kaya’s story is a sanctuary for the soul’ – Dr. Rohini Vijaygopal, Mindfulness Foundation UK


The Wooden Camel Wanuri Kahiu & Manuela Adreani

Etabo loves to race camels. It feels like he is flying. One day he might even beat his older brother when they race. But with the price of water rising, Etabo’s father must sell the camels, and his siblings must find work. What will Etabo do now?

1st June 2018 - HB - £11.99 - ISBN: 978-1-911373-12-4 12th April 2017 - PB - £7.99 - ISBN: 978-1-911373-13-1 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - Age 4-8 - YBCS World rights; rights sold: Azerbaijani

‘Everyone has dreams, and this story will resonate with children everywhere.’ – EmpathyLab UK

From acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Italian illustrator Manuela Adreani, this story of love and hope centres on the inspiring Turkana people of north-west Kenya. Told with gentleness and humour, it is a universal story about keeping one’s dreams alive.

SUMMER 2018 (now in hardback!) STARRED SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW! Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu represents a new generation of African filmmakers. Her awardwinning films have screened in over 100 film festivals around the world.

Manuela Adreani is an Italian children’s book illustrator and animator. Her accolades include winning the illustration contest for the 130th anniversary of the creation of Pinocchio.


Sleep Well, Siba and Saba Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl & Sandra van Doorn

Forgetful sisters Siba and Saba are always losing something. Sandals, slippers, sweaters – you name it, they lose it. When the two sisters fall asleep each night, they dream about the things they have lost that day. Until, one night, their dreams begin to reveal something entirely unexpected... Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born in the United States to Ugandan parents. For over ten years, she has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa.

Sandra van Doorn was born in France and now lives in Australia. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator.

1st June 2018 - HB - £11.99 - ISBN: 978-1-911373-09-4 28th Mar 2017 - PB - £7.99 - ISBN: 978-1-911373-10-0

32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm Age 4-8 - YBCS - world rights; rights sold: Azerbaijani

SUMMER 2018 (now in hardback!) ‘A wonderful bedtime book that is sure to help your child drift off to sleep.’ - BookTrust

A KIRKUS BEST PICTURE BOOK OF 2017!

New title Sing to the Moon coming in Autumn!


Chicken in the Kitchen Nnedi Okorafor & Mehrdokht Amini

When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the nature spirit a help or a hindrance? Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? Most importantly, will Anyaugo save the food her aunties have cooked for the New Yam Festival the next day? Nnedi Okorafor’s novels have won multiple awards, including the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature and the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. Mehrdokht Amini’s illustrations have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and selected for the prestigious BIB exhibition in Slovakia.

1st June 2018 - HB - £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-911373-15-5 12th Oct 2015 - PB - £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-9932253-0-7

World rights; rights sold: Spanish (Spain & Argentina)

32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm Age 4-8 - YBCS

SUMMER 2018 (now in hardback!)

*WINNER* of the Children’s Africana Best Book Award 2016

STARRED KIRKUS REVIEW!


Tomorrow Nadine Kaadan Yazan no longer goes to the park to play, and he no longer sees his friend who lives next door. Everything around him is changing. His parents sit in front of the television with the news turned up LOUD and Yazan’s little red bike leans forgotten against the wall. Will he ever be able to go outside and play? An uplifting story about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict, and about the strength of family love. Nadine Kaadan is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria now living in London. She has published books in several countries and her mission is to encourage a reading culture in the Arab world. Nadine’s work with refugees has captured the attention of CNN and the BBC, both of which broadcast special features on her books Tomorrow and The Jasmine Sneeze (see backlist).

Summer 2018 16th Aug 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 32 pp. - 260mm x 205mm - YBCS

Written as a response to the war in Syria. Translated from Arabic

ISBN: 978-1-911373-43-8 world rights except Arabic


Peace and Me Ali Winter & Mickaël El Fathi

What does peace mean to you? This beautifully-illustrated collection of inspirational ideas about peace is based on the lives of Nobel Peace Prize laureates of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa and Malala Yousafzai. A must for anyone interested in this essential issue of our times, this child-friendly exploration of what peace means to you and me is a book for every bookshelf.

Ali Winter is an experienced anthologist and non-fiction writer who has written for various international publications and is passionate about seeking out lesser-told stories from around the world.

Autumn 2018 Mickaël El Fathi is an acclaimed French-Moroccan children’s book illustrator. A former computer graphic designer and 3D director, he now lives in France helping children travel the world through his illustrations.

Illustrated non-fiction with child-friendly biographies of laureates

21st Sept 2018 - Age 7-11 - HB £12.99 - 32 pp. with endpapers - 260mm x 250mm - YNM - ISBN: 987-1-911373-65-0 - world rights


Sing to the Moon Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl & Sandra van Doorn

For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather’s house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away or can he find magic a little closer to home? 11th Oct 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 - 32 pp. 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-1-911373-39-1 - world rights

Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born in the United States to Ugandan parents. For over ten years, she has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa. Sandra van Doorn was born in France and now lives in Australia. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator.

Autumn 2018

From the creators of Sleep Well, Siba and Saba


You’re Snug With Me Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask their mother. “Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “Beyond the snow is the ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me”. 1st Nov 2018 - Age 4-8 - HB - £11.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-1-911373-47-6 - world rights Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller. She is inspired by the rich epics and folktales of India as well as its diverse culture and natural beauty. She has published over 30 wellloved picture books in India and the UK.

Poonam Mistry is a UK-based illustrator of Indian heritage. Her work is heavily influenced by nature, folklore and traditional Indian art. With a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, Poonam produces artwork for clients around the world.

Autumn 2018

From the creators of You’re Safe With Me


The Ammuchi Puchi by Sharanya Manivannan & Nerina Canzi Aditya and Anjali love listening to their grandmother’s stories, particularly the scary one about the ghost in the tree. But the night their grandmother passes away, all her stories seem to lose their meaning. Then something happens that is more mysterious and magical than any story. Could their grandmother still be with them after all?

Sharanya Manivannan & Nerina Canzi

17th Oct 2016 - Age 4-8 PB - £6.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-1-911373-02-5 - world rights; rights sold: English language (Indian Sub-Continent)

Looking for Lord Ganesh by Mahtab Narsimhan & Sonja Wimmer Anika has emigrated from India and is having a difficult time adjusting to life in a new country. She turns to Lord Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god, to help her solve her problems. But does Lord Ganesh truly help her, or can she rely on her own inner wisdom?

11th April 2016 - Age 4-8 - PB £6.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS - ISBN: 978-0-9932253-6-9 - world rights


The Tigon and the Liger by Keilly Swift & Cosei Kawa Tyler the tigon has never fitted in. Neither a tiger like his dad nor a lion like his mum, poor Tyler stands out like a sore thumb. But who should he find in the forest? An equally extraordinary creature with a tale to match his own… Shortlisted for the SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2017 8th Sept 2016 - Age 4-8 - PB - £7.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS ISBN: 978-0-9932253-9-0 - world rights

The Jasmine Sneeze by Nadine Kaadan Haroun, the cat, likes nothing better than to spend his days sleeping in the sunlit courtyards of Damascus. But one thing always ruins his sleep: jasmine! One day, Haroun hatches a plan to fix the problem, but little does he know that the Jasmine Spirit has a trick of her own up her sleeve...

By the creator of Tomorrow

11th April 2016 - Age 4-8 - PB - £6.99 - 32 pp. - 240mm x 240mm - YBCS - ISBN: 978-0-99322538-3 - world rights; rights sold: Azerbaijani, Arabic, bilingual Arabic-German, ArabicSlovenian, Arabic-Croatian


Dragon Dancer by Joyce Chng & Jérémy Pailler It is the eve of Chinese New Year. Lanterns are hung in the shopping malls of Singapore and Yao is preparing to wake the ancient sky dragon, Shen Long, from his year-long sleep. Soon Yao will be propelled on a magical journey through the skies of Singapore to battle the bad luck of the previous year and usher in the good... 12th Oct 2015 - Age 4-8 - PB - £6.99 - 32 pp. 240mm x 240mm - YBCS - ISBN: 978-0-9932253-2-1 - world rights; rights sold: Azerbaijani

Phoenix Song by Tutu Dutta & Martina Peluso Arohan is desperate for a guitar. What eight year old boy isn’t? So when Arohan’s grandmother gives him a plain old bamboo flute for his birthday, he is understandably a little upset. But the xiao is steeped in the myths and legends of China and has its own special magic, as Arohan is soon to discover...

12th Oct 2015 - Age 4-8 - PB - £6.99 - 32 pp. 240mm x 240mm - YBCS - ISBN: 978-0-9932253-4-5 - world rights; rights sold: Malaysian, Azerbaijani


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Lantana Publishing 2018 Catalogue  

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Lantana Publishing 2018 Catalogue  

MMS selling excellent children's books and digital

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