Thu, 27/11/2008 - 10:55
Children's publishers and agents have, in recent years, been enjoying a thriving relationship with the film industry. Since Harry Potter's box-office success renewed interest in children's books, film agents have become a regular presence at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and there have been regular headline-grabbing deals.
Mon, 24/11/2008 - 15:59
Children's authors Philip Pullman and Anne Fine have accused publishers of putting book sales at risk by pressing on with age-banding on books.
Writing on The Bookseller website, Pullman stated: "It’s just as likely that an adult will decide NOT to buy a perfectly suitable book, if they go by the one-size-fits-...
Wed, 19/11/2008 - 19:03
“Give funny a chance!” was the rallying cry, coined by shortlisted author Kjartan Poskitt, at the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards.
Held at the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge, the award seems set to be a successful addition to the children’s book awards calendar. Booktrust director Viv Bird started proceedings...
Tue, 18/11/2008 - 15:19
Nearly 10,000 young readers from across Scotland have voted for their favourite books as part of the 2008 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books. The winners were announced at a special award ceremony in Aberdeen today, 18th November.
The winners were: for the early years category (age 0-7); Billy Monster’s...
Tue, 18/11/2008 - 13:36
Patrick Ness has been awarded the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008 for his novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults.
The novel, published by Walker, tells the story of a dystopian world where women have been banished and all the men have been infected with a virus that enables everyone to hear each others...
Tue, 18/11/2008 - 09:46
Moves have been made at the European Parliament to explicitly remove cardboard and paper children’s books from the 1988 European Union (EU) toys directive.
The legislation imposes duties on toy manufacturers such as safety assessments, special labelling and bans on use of certain chemicals to make sure children are not harmed by...
Mon, 17/11/2008 - 15:39
Agent Darley Anderson has set up a new company, The Darley Anderson Children's Literary Agency, with "ambitious plans" to become a major player in the children's book market. Becky Stradwick, former head of children's at Borders, has joined the agency to build the children's list, which already represents authors...
Mon, 17/11/2008 - 15:34
HarperCollins has appointed Melanie Beer as head of licensing and content development, children's. She will join the company on 1st December and brings more than ten years of experience in licensing, gained through roles at BBC Worldwide, Warner Bros. and Jetix.
Her most recent role was as global merchandising & licensing...
Mon, 17/11/2008 - 06:58
Noddy is to appear in a new book on the 60th anniversary of his first appearance, reports the Telegraph. Enid Blyton's character has undergone several makeovers since the books featuring his Toytown antics were first published in 1949 and remains popular with children.
The new book, provisionally entitled Noddy's Birthday...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 15:39
The Campaign for the Book, the initiative launched by author Alan Gibbons in support of school and public libraries, has broadened its aims to put children's reading for pleasure at the core of its activities.
The campaign was conceived to establish a regional network of authors, illustrators, teachers and librarians who could...