All children should find themselves in the books that they read.
We believe that no child should have to qualify for entry into the wonderful world of books.
Building on the powerful legacy of Verna Wilkins’ 30 years in the industry, Firetree books is expanding, updating and refreshing important messages for a new audience in today’s diverse classrooms and homes.
Firetree presents unselfconscious representations of all children in our books. We aim to inspire and entertain readers by depicting the real lives of children in our shrinking, inter-dependent world.
Dr. Verna Wilkins, working for diversity since 1987
The Firetree team has 30 years of experience, successfully developing, writing, publishing and selling illustrated multicultural books that are meaningful, entertaining and educational.
Hundreds of thousands of books sold
Featured on Best Books of the Year lists
Selected for National Curriculum’s Key Reading Stages
Featured on BBC Children’s TV
We went to wherever the children and their families were – schools, libraries, churches and exhibitions such as Afro Hair and Beauty Show – and sold thousands of books year on year. The delight on the faces of children and parents when they see people like themselves depicted in our multicultural books tells us that what we believe is true: PICTURE BOOKS ARE POWERFUL.
We will continue to take our books to a variety of venues to reach a wide audience and make families aware of the Firetree books. We will also continue our successful work in schools and libraries to enthuse children and adults about books. We present work in progress – from idea to finished product – and receive valuable insights that allow us to make books that are relevant to children’s lives in today’s multi cultural world. We collaborate with teachers and children to find out what works.