Independent publisher Tiny Owl, which specialises in diverse picture books for children, is launching an emergency crowdfunding campaign to survive the pandemic.
Revealing it needs to raise £25,000 to help it through the next few difficult months, the publisher said that in spite of its successes since 2015 it was "hit hard by the knock-on effects of Covid-19", and costs are growing, with a lot of projects scheduled for this year having to be put on hold.
Donations will go towards ensuring Tiny Owl can continue to publish its "beautiful books that reflect the diversity of our world and the people in it", with the publisher explaining how important such books are: "Indeed, now more than ever, access to diverse and inclusive books for children is essential in developing tolerance, acceptance and empathy, and building bridges to new experiences."
Tiny Owl is launching its Crowdfunder page on Wednesday (11th November 2020) at 10 a.m., via its website and social media.
The £25,000 raised through Crowdfunder.co.uk will be used to cover Tiny Owl’s basic expenses over a three-month period, including designing, printing, marketing and warehouse costs.
Delaram Ghanimifard, Tiny Owl publisher, said: "Your donations will ensure that Tiny Owl can continue to soar! We’re a small indie publisher but we think globally, often matching authors and illustrators from different countries to form unique collaborations. The money we hope to receive through Crowdfunder.co.uk will enable us to continue producing high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books that reflect the vibrant world we live in."
Rewards for donations span signed books, exclusive and limited-edition artwork prints – from artists such as Piet Grobler, Nicola Davies, Sarah van Dongen and Nazli Tahvili – as well as school workshop opportunities led by Tiny Owl authors and illustrators.
Tiny Owl was initially set up in response to the lack of children’s books that reflected the culture of its co-founder Ghanimifard. It aims to promote under-represented voices and cultures in children's literature, and to produce "beautiful picture books for everyone to enjoy".