Thu, 17/04/2014 - 09:30
More than 6,000 children have written stories through World Book Day’s interactive tool Storycraft since the launch of the updated version on 6th March, WBD director Kirsten Grant has revealed.
Grant described Storycraft, which helps children to write stories and access advice...
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 17:05
The final list of authors attending the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), hosted by Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, has been announced.
Newly added names include US author Rainbow Rowell, whose first YA title Eleanor & Park (Orion) spent six weeks in the New York Times...
Mon, 14/04/2014 - 14:19
Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has acquired a new animal fantasy story for readers aged 10+ from debut author Simon David Eden.
Fiction commissioning editor Jane Griffiths signed a two-book deal with Zoe King at the Blair Partnership.
The Savage Kingdom, which will be published...
Mon, 14/04/2014 - 12:02
Kids entertainment company Nurture Rights has signed an exclusive deal for Birmingham Stage Company is to develop a theatre production of the picture book Dinosaur Roar!
Dinosaur Roar! Live on Stage! will be produced by Neal Foster of the Birmingham Stage Company and written by children’s dramatist...
Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:15
TV production company Silvergate Media has sold the Octonauts US publishing rights to Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Octonauts is a CBeebies TV show, animated in Ireland by Brown Bag Films, about a team of eight animal adventurers who explorer the depths of the ocean from their underwater base, the...
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:30
Campaign group Inclusive Minds claims that some publishers are prioritising design over accessibility, putting books out of the reach of children with dyslexia or other reading difficulties.
Inclusive Minds campaigns for inclusion and accessibility in children’s literature and one of its founders, Alex Strickland, said the...
Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:14
Walker Books and the National Literacy Trust will this June livestream Anthony Horowitz talking about Russian Roulette, the latest book in the Alex Rider teenage spy series.
The event will take place 16th June and will be hosted by TV presenter Barney Harwood. Horowitz will also answer questions sent in from the audience....
Tue, 08/04/2014 - 14:02
Hodder Children’s Books is to publish a series of children’s books inspired by Lupo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s cocker spaniel, by debut author Aby King.
King was moved to create The Adventures of a Royal Dog series after wondering what life would be like as a palace dog. The first title, Lupo and the...
Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:50
Geography teacher Kerr Thomson has won this year’s Times Chicken House children’s fiction competition for The Sound of Whales, an adventures story set on a remote Scottish island.
The Times said it chose middle-grade title The Sound of Whales as the winner because of its sense of...
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:29
Walker Books has acquired a middle-grade title from debut author Michael Byrne.
Lottery Boy, which will be published in Spring 2015, is about a boy who is homeless in London but one day finds a lottery ticket that could change his life.
Gill Evans, Walker Books UK editorial director for...