Bloomsbury Children’s Books will publish another two books from Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, a descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
The deal for world rights was brokered by Claire Grace, commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Children’s, and Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding Illustration. The first title is scheduled to publish in hardback and paperback in June 2019 with the second following in the same formats in October 2020.
In February 2018 Bloomsbury will publish a second title from Pankhurst, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History, in hardback and paperback simultaneously which features 13 “amazing and inspiring females” including Josephine Baker, Flora Drummond, Ada Lovelace and Qui Jin. Pankhurst told The Bookseller in June, when Bloomsbury illustrators displayed their sketchbooks at its London offices, how she was conceptualising the book. She had said: “I am thinking about ‘deeds not words’ - there is a friend's relative who slashed a painting in the National Gallery in protest - but it can be challenging in thinking about how to convey these issues to children.”
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World (Bloomsbury) has sold over 68,0001 copies across three editions since publication in September 2016, according to the publisher. Rights have been sold in 13 languages.
Grace said: “Working with Kate has been an incredible experience and we’re delighted that we are continuing to publish her work. It’s been a joy to watch the legions of fans of Fantastically Great Women grow and grow. Here’s to two more brilliantly inspirational non-fiction titles.”
Pankhurst, who is based in Leeds, said: “I love making history more accessible to children and their families. I’m really excited to be teaming up once again with the creative team at Bloomsbury to produce two more highly illustrated, absorbing books.”
Pankhurst has previously been published by Orion Children’s Books and won the Macmillan Prize for Picture Book Illustration 2002. She is related to Emmeline Pankhurst through her paternal family line.