#BYPBookclub: Meet Knights Of
Every month, we showcase our monthly book picks. This month, we're delighted to bring you this piece from Aimée Felone, the co-founder of Knights Of. Check out what they're about and take a read of their books!
Who are we?
Put quite simply Knights Of is an inclusive children’s book publisher. We focus on making sure we hire diversely and publish inclusively. That means the people who work behind the scenes, our team, is as diverse as possible – making inclusivity a default for us. We want to bring inclusivity both behind the scenes, in terms of our workforce and between the pages of our books. Ensuring that as many people from as many different backgrounds get to work on our books and as many different stories and voices are published. We exist to make kids books better! We publish for ages five to teen and love stories with bold characters, adventure and heart!
Back in October 2018 we threw a one-year birthday party that coincided with the release of Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s (CLPE) first Reflecting Realities report. The report showed that only 1% of books published in 2017 had a Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) main character. To celebrate the authors and illustrators that existed we created the hashtag #ReadtheOnePercent. The hashtag then became a five-day pop-up bookshop and a crowdfund campaign and two-week popup in December 2018. After successfully raising £50,000 in May 2019 we opened our doors to Round Table Books - Brixton Market’s first and only inclusive children’s bookshop.
Wondering which books to check out?
Cover Illustration: Camilla Ru
A middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present.
How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
- Grab a Suitcase: Pre-packed from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
- Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either.
- Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home.
What Not to Bring:
- A Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual.
Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with New York Times bestselling Nic Stone and an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem - his G'ma included.
Cover Illustration: Wumzum
There’s been another murder on The Tri, and the block’s best detective due are on the case: Nik and Norva are back in the second instalment of Sharna Jackson’s bestselling detective series.
It’s October half term, and up-and-coming popstar TrojKat returns to The Tri, where she grew up and her parents still live, to film a music video for her next big hit. During filming, tragedy strikes, and the police assume it was a terrible accident – but Nik and Norva know there’s something suspicious going on, and are ready to find proof.
Using their impressive detective skills, and with the help of their friend George, can Nik and Norva solve the case and bring the culprit to justice?
Aimée Felone | Co-founder
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