We are so happy to feature Michell who will present the project titled, Inklusive Books, at our event on November 11, 2018! Read more about the project below:
Inklusive Books is a recently established publishing house whose mission is to bring diversity to the children’s literature scene in Norway. The company will introduce a diversity of authors, stories and characters to children’s literature in the Norwegian languages, starting with translating existing literature into Bokmal and Nynorsk. In the long term, I hope to support Norwegian language writers to publish children’s literature. So far, we have translated 6 open source titles and I would like to buy the rights to three more books for publishing in 2019.
Why does this idea matter to you?
I believe that every person deserves to be seen and for their existence in the society that they call home (and the world at large) to be acknowledged and validated through positive representation and interactions. I believe that the sooner this happens in the life of a person, the better. Norwegian children’s literature currently does not reflect the diversity of people that is found in Oslo and Arkeshus; which means that children with a minority background have no positive representations of themselves in the books that their parents can readily access, in the language that speak and that needs to change – both for their own benefit and for the benefit of society.
How will you idea make Oslo a better place?
For children of minority background, seeing themselves in books can make them feel validated; included and inspired. Children of majority background will get to engagage positively with diversity through books.
How will you use the micro-grant funding to realize your concept?
Apart from building the corporate image and constructing the website (which are both in progress), the next step in the process is to print copies of the translated books to use for readings; as well as to introduce the products to the market. The grant would help with printing 100 copies to introduce at Toyen Christmas market; as well as print larger copies for readings that are being organised for that market; as well as with local libraries.
How do I contact this project?
Instagram – @inklusivebooks