Tue, 21/06/2011 - 08:36
Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston are to star in an adaptation of Mary Norton's classic children's novel The Borrowers this Christmas.
The 90-minute drama, penned by “Merlin" writer Ben Vanstone and produced by Working Title Television, will be directed by “This Is England"...
Thu, 31/03/2011 - 15:38
Ladybird is updating its image with a new campaign designed to highlight its preschool credentials to families and to grow the market for its digital products.
Editorial director Heather Crossley said: “In the past Ladybird has been known for its little hardback books that many people remember from their childhoods, but it...
Tue, 22/03/2011 - 08:39
Puffin has acquired world rights, including film and TV, in a dystopian romance series Fever by debut author Dee Shulman. The publisher will be showcasing the trilogy at Bologna Children's Book Fair next week and has already had pre-emptive bids.
The story is based around a love affair between a young gladiator from AD 152 and a...
Mon, 21/03/2011 - 15:36
Jacqueline Wilson is to write an updated version of E Nesbit's classic children's novel Five Children and It in a new deal with Puffin.
Elv Moody, editorial director for Classic Puffin, and Alexandra Antscherl, Puffin senior editor, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Caroline Walsh at David Higham Associates.
Thu, 10/03/2011 - 15:15
James, Aunts Spiker and Sponge, as well as the Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm will be celebrated this spring as Puffin publishes a 50th anniversary edition of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, and launches a mission to move the peach around the world.
The full-colour, large format, paperback picturebook will be...
Thu, 03/02/2011 - 14:45
A new Media and Entertainment group has been created within Penguin Children’s Books under newly promoted publishing director Eric Huang.
The group combines the BBC Children's, Sunbird and Ladybird licensing teams. Penguin Children's Books m.d. Francesca Dow said Huang, the man behind "brilliant" recent...
Fri, 28/01/2011 - 10:00
Puffin is to publish a new picture book by The Very Hungry Caterpillar author Eric Carle, his first in four years.
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse will be published in October 2011, in a global, simultaneous publication with Philomel, a Penguin Young Readers Group imprint in the US. Kate Hayler bought UK rights through Motoko...
Wed, 17/11/2010 - 11:46
Bestselling children’s author Michelle Paver is to move to Puffin Books for her new series, Gods and Warriors. Her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series is published by Orion Children’s Books.
Puffin has acquired world rights to the series set during the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean. The deal will also see Paver published...
Thu, 04/11/2010 - 08:01
Puffin’s big brands including Wimpy Kid and Rick Riordan’s Camp Half Blood books have helped it to a 36% increase in sales year on year.
The announcement comes a year after the creation of Penguin Children’s Books, which includes Puffin, Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Children’s Character Books (which publishes...
Tue, 19/10/2010 - 14:54
Puffin has signed up James Holland, war historian and presenter to BBC2's Battle of Britain documentary series, to write a WWII children's series for 9-12 year olds.
Shannon Park, executive editor for Puffin, bought world rights to two books from Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh. The children's publisher said the Duty...