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Unleashing the Power of Diversity in Children's Literature

Welcome to Goldest Karat Publishing, where we believe that representation matters and that every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the pages of a book. Founded by Crystal Swain-Bates, a trailblazing author and diversity champion, our independent children's book publishing company is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive stories that inspire, empower, and celebrate Black characters and experiences.


At Goldest Karat Publishing, we understand the power of storytelling and its ability to shape young minds and hearts. We know that when children see themselves represented in the books they read, they develop a stronger sense of self-esteem, belonging, and limitless potential.

That's why we've made it our mission to fill the diversity gap in children's literature and provide authentic, engaging stories that reflect the experiences of underrepresented communities.

Through our work, we aim to:

1. Fill the diversity gap in children's literature by publishing books that feature Black characters and experiences.

2. Provide authentic, engaging stories that promote positive representation, self-esteem, and a love for reading.

3. Support and uplift underrepresented communities by partnering with schools, libraries, and community organizations.

4. Foster a more inclusive and equitable future by amplifying diverse voices and perspectives in children's literature.



At Goldest Karat Publishing, our goal is to support parents, educators, and communities in fostering a love for reading and creating a more inclusive literary landscape. Here are some ways we can help:

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We offer discounted pricing for bulk orders, making it easy for schools, libraries, and educational organizations to bring our diverse books to their communities. Contact us today to learn more about our bulk ordering options and how we can support your diversity and literacy initiatives.

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From book readings to mobile popups, conferences, trainings, and more, founder Crystal Swain-Bates is a thought leader and influencer in the diversity and publishing space. If you're searching for an engaging speaker, click below to learn more.


As a company, we are committed to supporting and uplifting our community through our work. We partner with schools, libraries, and community organizations to bring our inclusive books to children who may have limited access to diverse literature. We also offer a range of services, including author visits, virtual readings, and literacy workshops, to engage young readers and foster a love for reading and storytelling.

  • -Author Visits: Bring the magic of our books to life with in-person or virtual author visits. We will engage students with interactive readings, writing workshops, and discussions on writing, storytelling, diversity and representation. Perfect for classrooms, libraries, and story times.

  • -Mobile Book Fairs: We understand that many underrepresented communities have limited access to bookstores and diverse children's literature. That's why we offer mobile book fairs, bringing our inclusive books directly to schools, libraries, and community centers. Our mobile book fairs provide children with the opportunity to explore a wide range of diverse stories and connect with characters that reflect their own experiences.

  • -Literacy Workshops: Engage your students or patrons with our dynamic literacy workshops, designed to foster a love for reading, writing, and storytelling. We offer tailored workshops that explore strategies for incorporating diverse books into curricula, facilitating meaningful conversations about representation, and creating inclusive learning environments.


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At Goldest Karat Publishing, there's nothing we love more than seeing the smiles on children's faces as they discover characters that look like them and stories that resonate with their experiences. Here are some of our happy readers:


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Here are some of our most loved books:


Meet Crystal

Crystal Swain-Bates is an accomplished author and entrepreneur who has made it her life's work to champion diversity and representation in children's literature. As the founder and CEO of Goldest Karat Publishing, Crystal has sold over half a million books, filling the diversity gap in the industry and earning her recognition as a true leader in the field.

Her groundbreaking work has been featured in a range of media outlets, from Forbes and CNN to Essence and even on Shaquille O’Neal’s tv show Game Plan, as well as in nationally televised Amazon commercials and on popular television shows.

Crystal's commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned her numerous accolades, including the 2019 Digital Book World Medal for Leadership in Diversity. She is renowned as a "Diversity Publishing Pro" and is sought after for her insights on increasing representation in the publishing industry.

Beyond her successful career as an author and publisher, Crystal is passionate about empowering underrepresented authors. She offers free and paid trainings to an online community of over 10,000 aspiring writers who are looking to boost their brand, business, and bank account by publishing their own books.

Through her unwavering dedication to diversity and representation, Crystal has become a respected thought leader and influencer in the world of children's literature and beyond.



We have had the honor of our Founder and our books being featured by major media, here are a few of our favs!

How To Build A Successful Writing Career Through Self-Publishing

Bestselling Author Crystal Swain-Bates to Be Featured in New Shaquille O'Neal Docuseries

15 Books That Stop 'Good Hair' Vs. 'Bad Hair' Debate Dead In Its Tracks

A Very Hairy Book List

Featured in Forbes!

36 Trending Holiday Toys That Every Kid Wants This Year, Per Experts

Goldest Karat Publishing was featured in its own episode of Shaquille O'Neal's TV show on TNT called "Game Plan".

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Founder Crystal Swain-Bates speaking to Atlanta Plugged In on CBS46




Founder Crystal Swain-Bates regularly schedules in-person and virtual book readings at schools, libraries, and events worldwide. As a thought leader and influencer in the diversity and publishing space, she has been hired to speak by Essence, Amazon, schools, and more. Her talks include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

-Reimagining Representation: How Inclusive Books Can Change the World

-From Stereotypes to Self-Discovery: The Power of Authenticity in Children's Literature

-Building a Better Bookshelf: How Diversifying Children's Literature Can Change the World

-From Manuscript to Marketplace: The Practical Path to Profitable Self-Publishing

-Build Your Brand with Books: How Self-Publishing Can Boost Your Business

From podcasts to conferences to summits to book readings, she can do it all! Check out short clips from some of her past appearances below then click book me to start the conversation!

I was featured by Amazon in a nationally-televised commercial!

Speaking at the Traffic, Sales, & Profit Entrepreneur Conference

Speaking to Amazon's Black Employees Network

Interviewed on CBS' Atlanta Plugged In

Speaking at a live-taped Amazon Summit on a panel about Diversity

Speaking at ESSENCE Wellness House about "Social Media, Racism, and Kids