Tamarind Books was founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987. Verna’s mission was to redress the balance in publishing by giving a high positive profile to children from ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. This is done unselfconsciously with engaging and enjoyable stories and stunning illustrations. All Tamarind stories, including the biographies, offer positive role models for success. Many of the books feature on the National Curriculum and on children’s television. Tamarind titles have also been chosen among the Children’s Books of the Year. The company has won many awards for its contribution to children’s literature. Most recently Tamarind won the Decibel Award for Cultural Diversity at the British Book Industry Awards 2008. With 20 groundbreaking years behind us, Tamarind is looking forward to growing its list and reaching children across the globe.