Tue, 22/11/2011 - 10:15
Sales of children's books have rocketed during the past 10 years, but not just thanks to bestsellers like JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, but because of growth in backlist and midlist sales.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, sales of children's books have surged from £193m in 2001 to £325m in 2010. This growth...
Mon, 21/11/2011 - 09:40
A campaign to promote school libraries and school library services aims to make them statutory. The campaign, Shout About, is backed by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Association of Senior Children's and Educational Librarians (ASCEL) and the School Library Association.
Fri, 18/11/2011 - 08:50
Scottish Book Trust has announced the titles of the books that will be included in its 2012/13 Bookbug packs that provide free books to young children. Some 60,000 copies of each book will be given to children across Scotland.
The organisation, which took over the management of Bookbug from Booktrust last year, is waiting to hear...
Mon, 14/11/2011 - 08:12
Templar plans to grow its fiction output to 35 titles by 2013, following its move into fiction last year with an initial seven titles. The biggest growth will be in young fiction, although commissioning editor Helen Boyle said the company will continue to develop its young adult (YA) titles.
Boyle said it is looking at three key...
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 07:30
Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan (Simon & Schuster Children's Books) has been awarded the Guardian Children's Book Award, beating off shortlisted titles including David Almond's My Name is Mina and Simon Mason's Moon Pie yesterday.
The book is about a boarding school...
Thu, 10/11/2011 - 09:00
Christopher Paolini is likely to turn his hand to science fiction for his next work, as the final book in his epic Inheritance Cycle series is published this week.
The series has sold 4.5m in export and UK sales, including 1.2m in the UK (TCM sales), since the first book Eragon was published in 2004.
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 08:30
Independent bookseller Ron Johns is moving into children’s fiction publishing, following a number of successes as a publisher of picture books and coffee-table books under the Mabecron Books imprint.
Johns, who owns bookshops in Falmouth, St Ives and Plymouth, said booksellers are “well placed” to develop their...
Mon, 31/10/2011 - 07:20
Booked Up, the government-funded programme that gives a free book to Year 7 pupils, has found that more than half of students read books more often as a result of taking part in the initiative.
The evaluation of the programme was carried out by Booktrust, which also administers Booked Up, and research firm ERS. It found that more...
Fri, 28/10/2011 - 07:50
Author Nick Hornby wants to establish a national network of story centres for children, following a successful first year for the Ministry of Stories in Hoxton, London, which Hornby co-founded with Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne.
Hornby said: "The Ministry of Stories has had a happy, healthy and exciting first year, and there has...
Mon, 24/10/2011 - 08:05
The Government emphasis on reading for pleasure could be behind an uplift in sales to school libraries, claims bookseller Marilyn Brocklehurst of the Norfolk Children's Book Centre.
She said: "The pronouncements by the government about reading for pleasure are having an impact; schools are asking us for support to develop...