LITERARY LANTERNS

My mission is to enlighten our literary journeys - to share and tell authentic stories, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of East and Southeast Asian heritage.

 

I want to amplify own voice authors of East and Southeast Asian backgrounds which are under-represented in children's books, and support schools and libraries to invest more in diverse books; making them more accessible for children and families across the UK.

For my family, language has become a significant part of my discovering our cultural identity. The discovery of engaging and contemporary bilingual resources from around the world has been game-changing for us. I hope to share these with you too.

​Let's light up our world together, one Lantern book at a time.

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MEET ANNA

British Chinese mum with 2 lively children.
Loves snacking - crisps & chocolate all day every day.
Updates mainly on Instagram @eseabooklove
Property Manager by day. Picture book hunter by night.

OWN VOICE BOOKS

Books can be mirrors reflecting who we are  — and they can be windows into a wider reality beyond our own lived experience.

Our focus at Lantern Books is to share books inspired by East and Southeast Asia, celebrating the diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and include stories by and about the people.

 

We believe that books should serve as mirrors and windows for all children; so that they become enthusiastic readers and reap the full benefits of lifelong literacy.

 

It is our hope that children are encouraged to see both themselves and worlds beyond their own in the stories they read.

BILINGUAL CHINESE RESOURCES

It is widely accepted and studied that there are cognitive development benefits for children who learn a second language.

 

Whilst this may be something that comes more naturally to parents who are bilingual already, we know from experience that it is not always easy to teach and encourage children.

Our aim is to discover and share fun and family-friendly  bilingual resources to support your Chinese language learning journey.

Most books at present are sourced from overseas including US, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We operate on a pre-order basis with most of our overseas publishers and suppliers.

“Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books…When there are enough books available that act as both mirrors and windows for all our children, they will see that we can celebrate both our differences and our similarities, because together they are what makes us all human.”

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors