Inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of has hired Khadija Osman, currently a bookseller at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, to run its new bookshop Round Table Books.
Osman will take up the post in April and will run the permanent shop, which will be based in Brixton Market, in partnership with Moon Lane Ink CIC.
“I am extremely proud to be bringing more inclusion and opportunity to the community with Round Table Books,” she said. “I hope Brixton is excited to have us as a permanent fixture because I'm beyond excited to be a new part of their literary line-up."
Knights Of decided to create a permanent bookshop to sell inclusive children’s books after the success of their pop-up bookshop, also based at Brixton Market. The company created a crowdfunding page that raised £49,500, including a pledge for £15,000 from Penguin Random House.
Last year a report from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) showed that only 1% of children’s books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME main character.