Book Launch for You Can with Alexandra Strick and Steve Antony

Book Launch for You Can
6th October, 2021 - 17:00 pm to 18:00 pm
Price: FREE

*To book this free event please email [email protected]

Join us to celebrate the launch of ground-breaking new picturebook ‘You Can!'

Created in collaboration with real children, ‘You Can!’ is “a joyous ode to inclusion” (Cerrie Burnell), published by Otter-Barry Books and written by author and co-founder of Inclusive Minds, Alexandra Strick, with an astonishing visual narrative by award-winning illustrator, Steve Antony. Follow fourteen unique children as they grow up together, learning new skills and exploring new worlds, all the while realising: they can do anything.

Join Alexandra and Steve at a special online event to mark the publication of ‘You Can!’ and hear all about this brilliant new book, featuring: a reading from Alexandra; a live drawalong from Steve; a screening of a short film made with the book’s young contributors; and a Q&A session with the author and illustrator, hosted by CLPE’s Librarian Phoebe Demeger.

The book will be available to buy from all good bookshops from 7th October – pre-order from your favourite local bookshop today, or directly from the publisher here.


To book this event please email [email protected] with the following information:

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Registration will be via Zoom. Please follow the instructions in your confirmation email and ensure that you register well in advance of the event start time.

Date: 6th October 2021

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tickets: FREE 


About Alexandra Strick:

Alexandra has a passion for ensuring children have a real voice and genuine representation. Having worked both with young people and in children’s books (including managing the national Bookstart programme), she now devotes her time to writing and consulting on great books that include all children. She is co-author of Max the Champion (with Sean Stockdale and Ros Asquith). She is co-founder of Outside In World (supporting children’s books in translation) and consultant to BookTrust. And as co-founder of Inclusive Minds, she is particularly proud to have set up a network of Inclusion Ambassadors – young people with lived experience who share their knowledge with book creators.


About Steve Antony:

Steve is an award-winning writer and illustrator of 20 picture books and best known for his ongoing Mr Panda series which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. His other books include the award-winning modern classic The Queen’s Hat, Unplugged, Amazing and Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles. Steve also illustrated the all-new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adapted by Peter Bently), Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up and a 70th anniversary cover of The Famous Five. He has contributed work towards LGBTQ+ anthology Proud, Drawing Europe Together and Kind. Steve is Swindon Libraries Patron to Children’s Reading Services, an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and a committee member of The Society of Author’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group. He lives in South West England with his husband and cat.