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The company was founded by Frances Lincoln in 1977. It published its first books two years later, and Frances Lincoln have been creating illustrated books of the highest quality ever since, with special emphasis on gardening, walking and the outdoors, art, architecture, design and landscape.

In 1983 the company started to publish illustrated books for children. Since then Frances Lincoln has won many awards and prizes with both fiction and non-fiction children's books including the Independent Publishers' Guild Cultural Diversity Award in 2007. In 2008 the publisher established the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award to further its mission for publishing children's titles that celebrate cultural diversity in the widest possible sense. For more information about this award please click here.

Both lists have a strong multicultural element and a high reputation internationally. Frances Lincoln has many publishing partners including Oxfam, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Amnesty International; the publisher wants all its books to reflect the richness and diversity of the world we live in today.