Commitments

As a publisher, we are committed to providing quality books. We want these books to tell unique stories. We hope to sell enough books to keep making more of them. In addition, we made social commitments at the founding of our company. These social commitments can tell you more about who we are and what we represent.

Our social commitments help us contribute to a better, more just world. Publicly sharing these social commitments is meant to keep us accountable.

Our mission is to publish stories that tell a variety of narratives that help children think critically about the world they want to create out of the world that already exists.

Mark, Founder of Sugarfree Books

Social Commitments

These are the social commitments of our company:

  • To listen to voices often excluded from dialogues or silenced by the dominant majority
  • To ask children to think critically and share their ideas
  • To give from our profits to meaningful action groups that strive to enact progressive ideals

Transparency

We will be honest about our projects, failures, and hopes for the future.

Community

We will put people first. We want to live our values. We strive to connect with others through dialogue. We will donate to causes and groups that embody a shared sense of purpose. If we get enough momentum, we’ll register as a non-profit.

With community in mind, we’d like to also shout out our good friends in other content-producing ventures:

Please check out the brilliant podcast that thrives in the absurdity of human existence: Expatriate Act.

Equity and Variety

We will be a publisher of narratives from people traditionally underrepresented in publishing. We hope to operate according to values, like those established by the National Equity Project.

Still in our infancy, we have a limited budget to take on new authors and illustrators so we have been working within a more narrow network than we imagine for our future. As a result, we are not yet representing as wide a range of voices as we want. We also plan to form an advisory board that will include a range of perspectives once we establish our presence.

Contributors to our company thus far: over 60% identify as women; more than 1/3 people of color; half were born outside the U.S.

Affordability

Picture books can cost quite a bit and thus become untenable for caregivers attempting to establish a home library. As long as it is fiscally viable, our books will cost $10 or less.