Wed, 06/03/2013 - 09:28
Simon & Schuster Children's has appointed Elv Moody as its new editorial director, children's fiction.
Moody is currently editorial director at Puffin, where she has published authors including Michelle Paver, Meg Rosoff and David Almond. She will join the S&S team in early June, having previously also worked at...
Tue, 05/03/2013 - 11:54
We all know that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, but for World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, the message she wants to spread is that WBD is for the whole year, not just for one day. Joining the charity in August 2011, Grant’s aim is to turn WBD, and its newly revamped website, into a year-round resource for teachers,...
Tue, 05/03/2013 - 09:00
Hachette has acquired the new standalone novel by L J Smith, author of the Vampire Diaries series.
Anne McNeil, Hodder Children's Books publishing director, acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) English language rights in The Last Lullaby on a pre-empt from Alex Slater of Trident Media. Slater also brokered a...
Mon, 04/03/2013 - 09:13
The challenge of asserting UK authors as brands in a market dominated by US names will be among the hot talking points at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (25th–28th March), trade figures have said.
Publishers and agents are anticipating a “buoyant” mood at the fair, despite “a very...
Fri, 01/03/2013 - 10:48
Faber Children’s Books publisher Leah Thaxton has made two acquisitions, adding a new middle-grade comedy series and a collection of animal stories to the publisher’s 2014 schedule.
Thaxton [pictured] acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in two books in a new illustrated series by American cartoonist Michael Fry from...
Fri, 01/03/2013 - 08:15
Children's author Babette Cole has set up a digital publishing company, Inky Sprat, to release e-books and apps of her own works and those of other authors.
Cole will release titles where the e-book rights have reverted, or were never sold. Colin and Jacqui Hawkins, Tony Ross, David McKee, Charlotte Voke, Michelle Cartlidge and...
Wed, 27/02/2013 - 09:38
Children's literacy charity Beanstalk has published a "Charter for Children's Literacy", calling for action to improve reading standards.
Authors including Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and Charlie Higson are backing the charter, with HarperCollins sponsoring the initiative.
Tue, 26/02/2013 - 16:07
Sales of books for children surged in the UK last week, as schools broke for the spring half-term break. Nielsen BookScan top 5,000 bestseller list data reveals sales through the sector jumped 8% week on week, with sales of pre-school books up 4%, sales within children's fiction surging 13% and sales of general non-fiction titles...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 15:02
Egmont Press is relaunching classic children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh to attract a new generation of fans, under the new branding “The Bear for All Ages”.
A highlight of the relaunch will be the first Winnie-the-Pooh app, released in May. The app will include the text of A A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 11:19
Bloomsbury Children’s Books is among publishers with Neil Gaiman titles lined up for 2013 publication, with publishing director Rebecca McNally acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights in Gaiman’s new children’s book, Fortunately, the Milk. Gaiman has created a video about the book is...