Fri, 01/08/2014 - 09:40
Booktrust and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate have put the Roald Dahl Funny Prize on hold until 2016, the year of Dahl’s centenary.
The prize has been postponed because of its “overwhelming success” and so “warrants a review of future options in light of the increasing popularity of the awards”, Booktrust...
Thu, 31/07/2014 - 11:42
Penguin Random House UK is sponsoring the blogger category at the Future8 Awards, which aim to find the top under-18 “digital creators” in the UK and Ireland.
The Future8 Awards are run by children's/teen marketing platform SuperAwesome.
As part of the partnership the winner of the Future8 Blogger Award, aimed...
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:00
Sir Quentin Blake has written and illustrated a children’s book for 5-7 year olds, The Five of Us (Tate Publishing, September), about five friends, each with an unusual ability.
Disaster strikes on a day out in the countryside but the friends - Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario and Eric - work together to save the day....
Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:49
Amazon Publishing in the US has partnered with Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros, to create a new young adult digital-first imprint.
The imprint, which will also use the Alloy Entertainment name, will publish young adult, new adult and commercial fiction titles in digital before considering options for print runs....
Tue, 29/07/2014 - 08:55
Following the success of its launch for YA novel We Were Liars, Hot Key Books is bringing author E Lockhart to the UK on tour, plus publishing the author's backlist title The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
Lockhart will tour schools and bookshops in December this year to promote We Were...
Mon, 28/07/2014 - 14:34
Orchard Books has acquired a new YA fantasy series from Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Bloods series (Atom), and her husband Michael Johnston.
The three-book deal for the UK and Commonweath rights, excluding Canada, was brokered by Megan Larkin, publishing director for Orchard Books and Helen Boomer at Penguin USA...
Mon, 28/07/2014 - 09:30
Seven Stories bookshop and publisher Frances Lincoln are to release a list of 50 children’s books, published from the 1950s to the present day, that best represent cultural diversity.
On 13th October, Seven Stories will release Diverse Voices, which is aimed at exploring cultural diversity, either in terms of its story or the...
Mon, 28/07/2014 - 09:10
British production company Working Titles is to make a film based on Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series after acquiring the theatrical rights to the books from Hachette.
The news was first broken by Hollywood magazine...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:25
Global profits at Scholastic Corp increased 31% to $107m (£62.9m) during the 2014 financial year, reflecting strong book club numbers, revamped marketing strategies and demand for the company’s summer reading programmes.
Sales for the 12 months to the end of May 2014 totalled $1.82bn (£1.07bn), 2% higher...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:08
Egmont has acquired two books from Amy Sparkes, author of Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo (Red Fox), which was nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2013.
The first book, The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas, will be published in May 2015 and a second title, as yet untitled, will follow in spring 2016. Both...