Thu, 11/04/2013 - 14:07
Parents struggle to create time to read at home and view reading largely as a skill rather than as something to enjoy, according to new research from Egmont.
Only 16% of boys aged 5-7 read every day for pleasure, compared to 54% who read every day for school, the study found. Meanwhile, 53% of girls aged 5-7 read every day for school...
Wed, 10/04/2013 - 11:57
Walker Books Group has revealed the cover and more information about More Than This, the new YA novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Patrick Ness.
Simultaneous release is planned in the UK, America and Australia this September.
The book traces the life, or perhaps afterlife, of a teenager,...
Wed, 10/04/2013 - 06:50
Penguin is teaming up with film production company Amber Entertainment to produce a book and film called Atlantis: Revelation.
Julian Fellowes, the creator of "Downton Abbey", will be executive producer for the film project, while the book will be written by "Marcus Blake", the pen name of "a...
Tue, 09/04/2013 - 11:50
Titles from Frances Lincoln, Templar, Walker and Random House UK have been shortlisted for the inaugural Letterbox Library Little Rebels award.
The prize looks to reward radical children's fiction written for children aged between 0-12, and which promotes or celebrates social justice and equality.
The shortlisted titles...
Tue, 09/04/2013 - 11:48
HarperCollins Children's Books has acquired a previously unpublished Richard Scarry title called Best Lowly Worm Book Ever.
Editorial director Neil Dunnicliffe bought world rights from Huck Scarry—the late Richard Scarry's son—of the Richard Scarry Corporation. The title will be published in October 2013...
Tue, 09/04/2013 - 11:40
Walker Books UK has acquired a new non-fiction title by Nicola Morgan, Chill: The Teenage Guide to Stress.
Publisher Caroline Royds bought world English language rights in the title from agent Elizabeth Roy, and will publish in the UK in autumn 2014.
Royds said: "Blame My Brain has always been an...
Mon, 08/04/2013 - 08:45
The film rights to YA debut novel Half Bad by Sally Green have been snapped up by Fox 2000, hard on the heels of the book’s acquisition at the Bologna Book Fair.
The book, by Warrington-based Open University student Sally Green, was signed by Puffin editorial director Ben Horslen two days before Bologna and confidently...
Fri, 05/04/2013 - 16:30
Libraries across the country are taking part in a high-tech treasure based on Simon Mayo’s children’s books. A new campaign supported by The Reading Agency and Random House will get young people with smartphones to hunt for QR codes through participating libraries, echoing the explorations of teenage science-lover Itchingham Lofte...
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 14:14
HarperCollins has acquired Darkmouth, a monster-hunting adventure series for 8-12 year-olds, written by Shane Hegarty, arts editor for the Irish Times.
HC UK fiction publishing director Nick Lake and editorial director at HC US Phoebe Yeh bought world English language rights in four books from agent Marianne Gunn O'Connor...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 09:00
Terry Deary's long-running Horrible Histories children's books series is coming to an end, according to the author, as he focuses on a new adult series.
Speaking to the Times, the author said the Horrible Histories series, which...