Owlet Press: A New (and inclusive!) Home for Diverse Children's Books
Books, especially children’s books, are probably our most prized possessions in our house. Whilst they don’t cost as much as say a tablet or bicycle, the messages they often bring with them costs more than any weight of gold.
For families like us, it’s so incredibly important that our son see’s himself in the media he watches and the literature he reads. It’s even more important that he witnesses characters and visualises stories that represent the whole of society.
We’ve written previously about the books T currently has on his shelf and our top inclusive children’s books, however we’ve never ventured into some of the places we buy them.
Owlet Press is an independent publishing company that pride’s itself on sharing positive messages whilst also sharing an important message. We came across Owlet Press when one of their books; What Wesley Wore, appeared on our Instagram one day. From that day, we were hooked and look forward to every update that arrives in our inbox.
They’re not a massive publisher, with only six books in their range so far, but every book has a special and unique story to tell.
At the moment, we currently own What Wesley Wore and Don’t look in This Book. They’re probably some of T’s favourite books. They’re bright and colourful, as well as funny at times, but they offer the reader that extra something. Usually a message, but more often than not, a chance to imagine.
What Wesley Wore is a story about a Wea
sel named Wesley, who is OBSESSED with clothes and fashion. Imagine the look on the faces of all the Weasels in Westburrow Wood, therefore, when Wesley doesn’t follow the rules!
This is a gorgeous, heart-warming story about acceptance and celebrating people’s differences.
A more recent addition to our shelves is Don’t Look in This Book. This collaborative book, featuring more than 12 different illustrators, invites the reader to explore different story possibilities.
A truly unique experience, with lots of rhyming fun and adventure to be had.
Other books in their range…
Following them on their social media channels, I’ve recently found out about a few of their newer titles. With some only recently being released!
Robo-Babies is a wonderfully inclusive story written by an IVF mum. This tale explores the many ways in which babies arrive into their families, including IVF, donor conception, surrogacy and adoption.
Diversify Your Child’s Library!
In comparison to a few years ago, there’s so many more books that diversify children’s minds. Sadly, though, they often come at a price or there aren’t as many printed. Thankfully, with places like Owlet Press we have a go-to place for inclusive books.
It’s such a wonderful sight to see not just different families being featured (although this is always lovely!) but different stories, subjects and narratives.