Mon, 04/08/2014 - 09:30
Lauren Child is the latest author to tackle the lack of diversity in children’s books; her latest picture book, The New Small Person, featuring a black family, will be published by Puffin in September.
Like many authors, Child thinks “too few” children’s books depict characters who are not white....
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:00
Author Michelle Magorian says some children read her classic Puffin novel Goodnight Mister Tom at “too young an age”.
At an "in conversation" event at Waterstones Piccadilly last night (24th July), journalist Libby Purves asked Magorian if she had any qualms about writing the part of the...
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 09:40
Penguin has defended Kevin Brooks' Carnegie medal after literary journalists criticised the winning title for its “shock value”, “lack of redemption” and for being "depressing".
Writing in the...
Thu, 05/06/2014 - 08:50
Penguin Children’s is experimenting with augmented reality for the first time by adding an AR function to the new Skylanders book, published this month under the Puffin imprint.
Augmented reality allows readers to "zap" codes embedded in the book with their phone, which downloads additional content such as videos or...
Fri, 23/05/2014 - 11:16
Puffin’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, first published 20 years ago, has been selected as one of this year’s free Booktime books.
Booktrust and Pearson, which jointly run the scheme, will send 1.5 million books to 730,000 children aged 4-5 in England and Wales.
Fri, 16/05/2014 - 14:56
Scholastic has made two appointments to its fiction editorial team, David Maybury and Peter Matthews.
Maybury, currently an editor for Puffin Ireland and developer at Brown Bag Films, will join Scholastic as commissioning editor on 16th June.
Meanwhile Matthews, most recently an assistant editor at Random House...
Fri, 02/05/2014 - 09:30
Puffin is launching a new list of classic children’s books, with the first 20 titles to hit shelves in July.
Publisher Shannon Cullen said the list, A Puffin Book, which includes titles such as Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and Charlotte’s Web by E B White, was a “refreshment” of...
Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:50
The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle today revealed its shortlist [full list below], with Walker gaining a nod in three categories and Nosy Crow having half the nominations for the tech award.
Walker’s Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins is up for the 0-5s best picture book award, and its Timmy Failure:...
Thu, 20/03/2014 - 17:28
The next book in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series will be released on 5th November 2014.
A teaser image released by the author and publisher Puffin reveals that the story revolves around a road trip. This will be the ninth book in the Wimpy Kid series, which centres around schoolboy Greg Heffley.
Kinney is the third...
Mon, 10/03/2014 - 14:20
Puffin has acquired middle-grade series The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones, about a girl who finds herself on a pirate ship, by debut author Will Mabbitt.
Junior editor Laura Squire and editorial director Ben Horslen acquired world rights in two books from Paul Moreton of Bell Lomax Moreton.
“This is young middle-...