Thu, 22/05/2008 - 14:01
Walker Books m.d. Helen McAleer has confirmed that the publisher is engaged in a process of voluntary redundancy with staff.
She would not comment on the number of staff involved or which departments were affected.
Thu, 22/05/2008 - 13:59
Research into teachers' reading habits by the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education (CLPE) has found that many do not regularly read children's literature, and tend to choose books from a narrow band of authors.
The research was undertaken as part of the Power of Reading programme, which was launched by the CLPE in 2005 to...
Thu, 22/05/2008 - 07:22
The government's free phonics programme Letters and Sounds has had a "severe effect" on sales of phonics programmes into schools, according to Christopher Jolly, m.d. of Jolly Phonics.
Jolly said that while his trade sales have remained strong, his school sales are down about one-third since Letters and Sounds was made...
Tue, 20/05/2008 - 15:18
Booktrust is to take on the administration of the Blue Peter Book Awards next year, which will also mark Blue Peter's 50th anniversary. The organisation says it will work to raise the profile of the prize.
The awards were launched in 2000 with three categories: Book I Couldn't Put Down, Best Book with Facts and Most Fun Story...
Wed, 14/05/2008 - 07:00
The Children's Reading Partners was launched by The Reading Agency (TRA) at the Booksellers Association conference this week, heralding a "new era" of collaboration between publishers and public libraries, according to TRA. It follows the same structure as the existing adult Reading Partners programme, also managed by TRA.
Thu, 08/05/2008 - 20:17
Children's publishers are investigating the creation of a "children's Booker" award to replace the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, which ceased in January when Nestlé's sponsorship ended.
A working party has been set up by the Publishers Association's Children's Book Group to investigate how...
Tue, 06/05/2008 - 15:39
The shortlist for the Branford Boase award has been announced and includes the following titles: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, edited by Averil Whitehouse (Walker); Nathan Fox by L Brittney, edited by Rachel Denwood (Macmillan); Waves by Sharon Dogar, edited by Barry Cunningham (Chicken House); Before I Die by...
Fri, 02/05/2008 - 07:22
Picture book publisher Winged Chariot Press is to launch what founder Neal Hoskins says is the UK’s first Polish picture book title, following demand from libraries and schools.
The picture book, Pink Piglet by Marcin Brykczynski and Joanna Olech (p/b, £9, 20th May) will be translated into English, with the Polish text...
Wed, 19/03/2008 - 14:10
Publisher Barefoot Books is in negotiations to clinch the concession for a dedicated bookshop at the iconic FAO Schwarz toy store on New York's Fifth Avenue. The Barefoot Books shop is expected to take a prominent position in the store, and to be in place by the summer.
Barefoot Books has offices in the UK and US. It is also...
Tue, 19/02/2008 - 08:46
Philip Pullman will be one of the contributing authors to the launch issue of a new children's comic this summer, published by David Fickling and backed by Random House. The weekly publication will be aimed at children aged eight to 12 years, but with appeal for the whole household, said Fickling.
The DFC comic will initially be...