Children's book magazine Carousel ceases publication after 24 years

Children's book magazine Carousel ceases publication after 24 years

The children’s book magazine Carousel: The Guide to Children’s Books has ceased publication after 24 years.

The magazine which published three times a year and was run on a voluntary basis, focused on children’s books and in later years was the only print-based magazine in the UK entirely focused on this topic.

The Carousel team said: "Over the years it built up a strong reputation for the quality of its articles, with many authors and key figures regularly contributing, and also the independence of its book reviews.

"Last summer, the current partners, Elaine and David Chant, announced to the editorial team that they would be standing down after the autumn/winter issue. Since that time the team have actively sought new partners to take on the day to day running of the magazine and role of editor in chief. Although there have been several expressions of interest and offers of support, it has not been possible to find anyone able to take on this significant role.

"The partners would like to thank all the publishers, children’s literary organisations and independent booksellers who have supported Carousel over many years with advertising, providing review books and access to authors and illustrators. Particular thanks go to the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, an organisation which has worked closely with the magazine since it first began."

The magazine was based in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove and content explored information about new books covering fiction and poetry as well as interviews with authors and illustrators. The editorial team included teachers, librarians and booksellers. 

Publishers should cease sending review copies to Carousel with immediate effect.

General enquiries regarding Carousel should be sent to while subscription enquiries should be directed to