Thu, 13/11/2008 - 14:50
Two books about witches and dancing bears have been awarded the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which was announced today by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
For children aged six and under, the winning book was The Witch’s Children Go to School by Ursula Jones, illustrated by Russell Ayto (Orchard Books). For...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 06:49
Book-plus publisher Top That has replaced its eight-strong freelance rep force with representation by Bounce to help drive its trade sales. The company launched its fiction and novelty imprints Quest and Tide Mill Press last year and now plans to grow its presence in more traditional book retailing.
Sales director David Greggor said:...
Tue, 11/11/2008 - 11:58
Scholastic UK, described as a "lean organisation" by group managing director Kate Wilson, is reviewing all recruitment and replacement but has announced no plans to cut jobs. In the US, Scholastic has agreed voluntary retirement packages with some 110 employees as part of its cost-cutting measures to save some $35m in the current...
Tue, 11/11/2008 - 07:32
J K Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard could help save what many expect to be a tough Christmas for publishers and retailers.
Publishers Weekly quotes Mary McCarthy, Ingram Book Group's director of merchandising, who notes that the low price, the Potter connection and the “charity appeal”—net proceeds to...
Mon, 10/11/2008 - 11:57
The shortlists for the Blue Peter Book Awards have been unveiled. The winners of each category and the overall winner will be chosen by Blue Peter viewers and announced on World Book Day (5th March). An extract from each of the shortlisted titles will be dramatised on the programme.
Tim Levell, Blue Peter editor, said: "I've...
Mon, 10/11/2008 - 04:44
The nominations for the CILIP Kate Greenaway and Carnegie medals have been announced.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young...
Fri, 07/11/2008 - 06:00
"Bookaboo", ITV’s forthcoming book-based television programme for children, has unveiled the 13 picture book titles that will be featured in the series. Each programme will be based around a single picture book read by a celebrity guest and drum-playing "rock puppy" Bookaboo.
The series launch is expected in...
Thu, 06/11/2008 - 14:14
Exclusives are key to the Christmas offer this year as the chains seek points of difference, according to children’s retailers spoken to by The Bookseller. Meanwhile, independent booksellers are reporting that Christmas trade is starting early this year.
J K Rowling’s Beedle the Bard is forecast to be a good...
Wed, 05/11/2008 - 05:25
Penguin Group has agreed a global deal for the tie-in publishing rights to a new preschool television series, Tinga Tinga Tales. The series is created by Tiger Aspect, the production house behind the bestselling Charlie & Lola (Lauren Child) television programme.
Puffin has already worked with Tiger Aspect to produce the tie-in books...
Tue, 21/10/2008 - 12:16
The Random House Group is to launch two new online tools to help consumers choose and buy its books online. It has developed a 'Gift Picker' service to support adults in selecting books for children online and will also extend its ‘browse and search' widget, launched by the group earlier this year, into children's picture...