Mon, 25/06/2012 - 15:07
Scholastic UK group m.d. Alan Hurcombe is to leave his post.
The publisher said that Hurcombe, who joined Scholastic 10 years ago and has been at the UK helm since 2009, will depart on the 31st July "to pursue other interests".
Hurcombe said: “Ten years is a long time for anyone to be with one company and...
Mon, 25/06/2012 - 08:25
The schools market, events and consumer loyalty are all helping protect the children’s independent sector from the economic downturn. While the BA recently reported a fall in the number of independent booksellers overall during 2012, down to 1,094 from 1,159 in 2011, children’s specialists are more confident about the future....
Tue, 12/06/2012 - 15:21
Publishers are confident that the draft Primary National Curriculum Programmes, released earlier this week, will encourage schools to invest in new textbooks, non-fiction, poetry and reading for pleasure resources when they are introduced in 2014.
Fri, 08/06/2012 - 08:00
Authors and illustrators have pointed to a fall in the number of school events they are being asked to attend, largely as a result of school budget cuts. An author or illustrator event will cost schools around £350.
Author Alan Gibbons said: “There is definitely a tail-off in school events, I am still being booked up but...
Thu, 07/06/2012 - 10:22
Authors have reacted angrily to news of a proposed qualification for Creative Practitioners Working with Children and Young People which would mean them having to study health and safety and child welfare, as well as "planning, delivering and evaluating creative learning activities".
It is unclear whether the qualification...
Thu, 31/05/2012 - 08:32
Bloomsbury Children’s Books is expanding its children’s list with the development of its colour publishing output, including picture books and gift books, which will grow from a “handful” of titles to 15 to 20 books a year, said m.d. Emma Hopkin.
Bloomsbury will launch an activity books imprint in October,...
Fri, 25/05/2012 - 09:05
Frances Lincoln is to exit the young adult (YA) fiction market, just three years after committing to develop a list for older readers. The editorial team - including editorial director Maurice Lyons and editors Emily Sharratt and Yvonne Whiteman - have been made redundant after the company failed to sell the business on.Frances Lincoln was...
Mon, 14/05/2012 - 07:55
Phoenix Yard Books, which launched in 2011, is to expand its fiction publishing in 2013 with three new fiction series, including early readers and middle grade fiction.
The company published nine books this year, focusing on picture books. Next year, half of the 18 titles it publishes will be fiction.
Publisher Emma Langley...
Fri, 11/05/2012 - 08:45
Campaigning body the Children's Media Foundation has launched an initiative to attract a £30m funding pot to establish a separate commission for children's television and film, possibly financed by post-Olympics National Lottery funding.
Foundation member Nigel Pickard, chief executive officer of CEO Zodiak MEAA/UK Kids...
Tue, 08/05/2012 - 08:30
Piccadilly Press is launching an advertising campaign in the changing rooms of high-street fashion chain, New Look.
Holly Goldberg Sloan's I'll Be There will be promoted in New Look stores in cities such as Birmingham, Cambridge and Nottingham with a poster featuring a QR code to download the book's first chapter...