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Who we are

Everybody has a right to discover literature and to create stories, irrespective of their socio-economic or cultural background, gender, sexual preference or mental and physical abilities. Yet not all of us have an equal opportunity to do so.

That is something the Europe-wide project Every Story Matters – making books more inclusive aims to change. We want to encourage the creation of more inclusive books for children and young adults, and to give book professionals (including publishers, librarians and editors) the tools and the strategies needed to become more inclusive and make diversity mainstream. 


Together we can make a difference.

Events and activities

European charter for diversity and inclusion

Our European society is diverse and becoming more so all the time. Still, literature and the book business remain too homogenous in many respects. That is why Every Story Matters wants to launch a charter for an inclusive book industry. We want to invite organizations and individuals working in the fields of literature and the promotion of reading to devote themselves actively and permanently to inclusion and diversity. All those signing this charter will be committing themselves to inclusion both actively and consciously. 


But it does not end there. The charter is meant to be more than a declaration of intent; it is designed as an aid to all those who are convinced that inclusion is worthwhile, and as a stimulus to the making of smart connections within the books sector. It lays out, clearly and visibly, the specific initiatives that can be undertaken.


Online B2B pitches

Open call



 A networking platform for international publishers interested in the exchange of quality books for children and young adults with an emphasis on inclusion.

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Library workshops

2020 - 2021



In 2020 and 2021, Every Story Matters organizes 15 workshops for librarians and teachers. In various libraries in Portugal, we will focus on bibliodiversity. 

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Talent development

2020 - 2022

Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia & Germany

This programme guides six talented writers and illustrators from six different European countries to produce inclusive stories for children.

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Latest news

Meet our writers & illustrators!

One of the core activities of Every Story Matters is a talent development programme guiding 6 upcoming writers and illustrators in the creation of their first inclusive children’s book.

In this video, you’ll get to know our talented creatives and their experience with our project.

Past activities

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Online lectures


Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the planned networking event by Every Story Matters at the Bologna Book Fair 2021 couldn't take place in live form. 

Instead, we brought you two fascinating online lectures with experts who will tell you more about different aspects of diversity and inclusion, how to understand these concepts and how modern technology can help us put them into practice.


Zagreb Book Festival

24 - 28 May 2021 

Croatia, Zagreb/Online

This year the festival was featuring a number of interesting panel discussions and events powered by Every Story Matters.


School Workshops

 March till November 2020

Berlin, Germany

Workshops for children and young adults in digital storytelling and the basic principles of the augmented reality technique.

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Opening conference

19. Nov. 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

Lisbon, Portugal.

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