At Owlkids Books, we value making our content accessible to everyone. To address accessibility online, we will be implementing — and regularly reviewing — digital accessibility standards for our social media content, email newsletters, videos, and webpages.
We will also be auditing our physical office space on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is both accessible and welcoming. As an example, we are recommending to our landlord that they ensure gender-neutral bathrooms are available for staff and visitors.
Owlkids is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for all staff, using external professional resources. We acknowledge the importance of ongoing development in meeting our goals for both our content and our workplace, and we are committed to providing our staff with corporate training opportunities, in addition to encouraging them to seek out individual opportunities when possible.
To date, the Owlkids staff has participated in the following training:
Cultural competency training with Kelly Brownbill
Equity literacy training with Turner Consulting Group
We understand the importance of committing to ongoing training for our team and to auditing our content on an ongoing basis, and we will update this page as those plans develop.
Owlkids is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive work environment, and to assembling a team, including authors and illustrators, that reflects the diversity of our readers. We acknowledge that systemic racism, prejudices, and passivity have severely limited the opportunities for members of many minority communities to enter the publishing industry. Owlkids is committed to making our future employment and publishing opportunities more accessible to those underrepresented groups, and to making outreach to candidates and creators from BIPOC communities, the LGBTQIA2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other communities that have been underrepresented in the publishing industry a priority. We welcome those who identify with any of these communities to look out for our future postings and apply or, if you are an author or illustrator, to submit your work to us!
Whenever possible, our books are printed on FSC® certified paper and we print conservatively, reprinting as necessary, in order to reduce the likelihood that we will need to destroy excess inventory. We use digital galleys through services such as Edelweiss, NetGalley, and CataList whenever possible and are expanding the availability of our books for purchase in digital form—although as publishers of fully illustrated books for children, we acknowledge that printed books will most likely be part of our company for many years to come.
Owlkids magazines are also printed on FSC® certified paper, with fibers coming from responsible sources. Additionally, the inks used contain vegetable-derived materials from renewable resources. Recycled plastic is used for polybagged issues.
Owlkids has established a number of committees to address specific issues around social responsibility.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
The Communications Committee
Inclusive-Language Style Guide Committee
Editorial Coaching Committee
We will update this page on a regular basis as we work toward these goals and as we set new goals for the future.