Wed, 15/07/2009 - 07:11
Walker Books has brought forward publication of a new Alex Rider novel, Crocodile Tears, to this autumn after author Anthony Horowitz delivered the manuscript earlier than expected.
The announcement will be welcome news to the book trade in the run-up to what is expected to be a difficult Christmas on the high street.
Tue, 14/07/2009 - 06:57
A bumblebee and cheetah are among the winners of the Animals Are Not Rubbish competition, run by Orion Children’s Books in conjunction with Waterstone’s and the Born Free Foundation.
The group entry winner was the Phil & Jim Art Club at SS Philip and James Primary School in Oxford, who created the Franklin’s...
Sun, 12/07/2009 - 09:15
Tesco is to push further into children's and cookery books in a bid to increase weekly sales from £1.5m to £2m. The supermarket has also launched a standalone "bookshop" on the mezzanine floor of its Kensington store, which it said was a "one-off".
The supermarket revealed its plans to publishers at...
Sun, 12/07/2009 - 09:00
Legislation that will require all authors who visit schools to be registered on a national database has been branded "Labour's Section 28" by bestselling author Philip Pullman. Section 28, or clause 28, a controversial piece of Conservative legislation, aimed at preventing the promotion of homosexuality in schools, was scrapped in...
Sun, 12/07/2009 - 09:00
Author Bridget Collins and her editor Emma Matthewson have won the 2009 Branford Boase Award. The pair were presented with the award yesterday evening (9th July) for Collins' debut title The Traitor Game.
This is the 10th year of the award, which recognises new children's authors and the role of the editor in a book'...
Fri, 10/07/2009 - 11:22
I have started my own publishing house, Saadhak Books, which specialises in children's picture books of folk tales retold from the Indian subcontinent. I am a London-born British Indian and I grew up listening to many of these tales from my grandparents. This inspired me to make the narrator of my folk tales an old Indian grandmother called '...
Wed, 08/07/2009 - 14:19
Up to 550 literacy and numeracy consultant jobs could be axed following the disbanding of National Strategies announced last week.
National Strategies has been responsible for guiding how numeracy and literacy are taught since 1997. However, the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF), which announced the news in the...
Mon, 06/07/2009 - 07:23
Publication of Tender Morsels in this country is leading to renewed calls for a clearer system to let parents know about the nature of the books that their children are reading, reports the Observer. But children's writers such as Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen remain adamant that age-ranging is not the answer.
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 14:49
Children's publishers have backed a call made by Andersen Press m.d. Klaus Flugge to make more hardback picture books available in the high street. Writing to The Bookseller last month Flugge argued that a bigger high street presence would help boost hardback picture book sales.
Fiona Macmillan, colour publisher at Random...
Mon, 29/06/2009 - 05:53
James Frey, the author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning, is working with another writer on a novel for young adults called I Am Number Four, reports the New York Times.
A source familiar with the project said that Frey, who was famously caught embellishing details in A Million Little...