Alexandra Strick Consultancy

Alexandra Strick – full biography

Alexandra Strick is an author who is keen to see everyone represented in books and all children having a real voice.

Alexandra first started working with children/young people whilst at university, spending holidays working as a play worker and then teaching English abroad for a year before completing her degree in English and French. 

Alex then worked for a national charity (St.John Ambulance) for over five years, managing their network of local clubs for 6 to 10 year olds (with a membership of around 25,000 children).  This involved developing national resources and events for children and designing and delivering a UK-wide training programme for youth workers, covering issues such as child protection.

She then moved to BookTrust, the charity for books and reading. There she managed the Children’s Literature department (for example, coordinating National Children’s Book Week and developing publications for parents and professionals).  She was integral in securing funding from Sainsbury’s and developing the fledgling ‘Bookstart’ scheme (then a small pilot project involving 300 babies) into a nationwide programme.  She managed a large team of national and regional staff and a £3 million/year budget. She was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Booktrust.

Alex then moved from BookTrust to work on projects involving and empowering disabled children and young people.  With Lottery funding (and based at a national disability charity Whizz-Kidz), she worked with many young disabled people across the UK, helping them to set up and deliver projects which would improve access and inclusion and challenge attitudes.  Alongside this role, Alex also started to work as a freelance consultant within the children’s book world. 

It is in this role (which she has held for over 15 years) that she has been able to bring together her passion for children’s literature with her expertise and interest in access and inclusion issues.

This includes working as a consultant to BookTrust, with whom she has developed a web resource on disability in books (, bookgifting programmes for blind children (Booktouch) and deaf children (Bookshine) and a range of projects and seminars.

She was on the steering group for the UK’s ‘In the Picture’ project (run by the disability charity Scope) which aimed to increase representation of disabled children in picture books.  She was also commissioned by them to develop a short film about disabled children’s views.

Working closely with writers, publishers and illustrators, and liaising with many disability organisations, she has been a key campaigner for the inclusion of disabled children in all aspects of UK children’s books.  She has worked to deliver innovative projects, seminars and events aimed at highlighting the importance of improving positive images and access to books, as well as writing about the need and reviewing inclusive books.

She is also co-founder and manager of Outside In Word (the UK organisation dedicated to books from around the world) and was one of the co-founders of Inclusive Minds


 (the collective and now CIC for all those with an interest in diversity and children's literature).  She is the responsible for having initiated the idea of Inclusive Minds' Ambassador network, which offers individuals with lived experience the opportunity to have a say, and to feed into books to ensure authentic representation.

She co-wrote the picture book Max the Champion with Sean Stockdale (illustrated by Ros Asquith and published by Frances Lincoln).  This aimed to include aspects of disability never before featured in books, subtly and positively.  It contains over 40 tiny visual references to disability, without any mention in the text. She's worked closely with several other publishers and authors on inclusive and accessible books.  

She is author of You Can!, a very special book published in Oct 2021 (UK) and Oct 2022 (US),  which begins and ends with children. Based entirely on children's own views, it consists of reassuring, inspiring and encouraging words, brought to life with imaginative, uplifting and inclusive illustrations by award-winning Steve Antony.  And plans are currently under way other exciting and inclusive books, all of which have children's rights, views and interests at their heart. Visit the website using the link above to read more from the young contributors involved in the book.

Alex is a non-practising director of a buzzing law firm with a talented, community-focused team of legal specialists, and offices in Surrey and Berkshire. 

She also trained in photography, but this is currently taking a definite backseat!

Quentin Blake meeting young people

Quentin Blake and young people working with Alex, 2005

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