Tue, 21/10/2008 - 07:39
Literary agency Mulcahy Conway have created an award for the best piece of unpublished fiction written for children or young adults. The agency will take the winner on and try to help them launch their career, as well as awarding a prize of £1,000.
The directors of Mulcahy Conway Associates said: "We are always searching for...
Tue, 21/10/2008 - 07:29
Harry Potter readers can be split into four distinct types, according to research by an academic.
The Daily Telegraph reports that each type conforms closely with one of the four houses found in Harry's school Hogwarts, Professor Stephen Brown of the University of Ulster said.
His research found 'Hufflepuff' readers...
Mon, 20/10/2008 - 10:27
Puffin is to create a new range of preschool and picture book titles based on the iconic Moomin books written by Tove Jansson. Puffin already publishes the existing Moomin novels in the UK and will repackage all eight Moomin novels in 2009 including one title, Moomin Papa at Sea, that is out of print.
The preschool books will be...
Mon, 20/10/2008 - 10:21
Harry Potter author J K Rowling will host a charity tea party at the National Library of Scotland for the launch on 4th December of follow-up title The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
About 20 local school children, selected by ballot, will be invited to attend the special charity launch at which Rowling will read extracts from the...
Thu, 16/10/2008 - 14:38
A steady upward trend in children's book sales over the past decade has failed to stem publishers' concerns about the children's market. While sales continue to grow, it is at a much slower pace than in previous years.
Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market figures show that between 2001 and 2002 total children's sales rose by 18.6% in...
Mon, 13/10/2008 - 12:28
Online retailing, social networking and supermarkets are growing influences in children's book sales, according to speakers at last week's 'What Children Want' conference organised by The Bookseller.
Research group TGI said that 96% of homes now have computers and that 85% of seven to ten year olds have a...
Mon, 06/10/2008 - 13:50
Michael Rosen helped to launch Children's Book Week this morning, Monday 6th October, with an event on the London Eye attended by some 250 local children. Events will take place across the country based around the week's theme, 'Rhythm and Rhyme', including a poem about London written by the children who took part in the launch...
Mon, 06/10/2008 - 06:00
Penguin teen site Spinebreakers is working as a partner with the Red Cross in the first charity online Alternate Reality Game (ARG).
The game, called "Traces of Hope", features a 16-year-old boy caught up in the Ugandan civil war and on a hunt to be reunited with his mother. Clues and teasers for his search are hidden...
Fri, 03/10/2008 - 06:10
Jacqueline Wilson's latest hardback children's book has been age-banded by her publisher despite the author signing the "No to Age Banding" pledge. The hardback of Cookie, which is published this week (2nd October) by Doubleday, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, includes the age band 9+, as does the...
Fri, 03/10/2008 - 06:08
Children’s librarians, reading volunteers and publishing staff who regularly support book fairs and author events in schools will need to be registered with the new ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) by the time it comes into force in October 2009.
The regulations form part of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006,...