Bloomsbury Children’s will publish five new non-fiction titles in 2020, including three new books in the Fantastically Great Women series, including a new black and white format for readers aged 7+.
A new retelling of the life of Marie Curie by the sister duo Isabel and Imogen Greenberg and the story of Jumbo, an elephant superstar, written by Alexandra Stewart and illustrated by Emily Sutton will also be published in the same year.
Children’s non-fiction publishing director Sharon Hutton said: “Our list delivers books that inspire the curiosity of children. These new titles showcase some of our best books for 2020 and highlight the great opportunities we have to work with some hugely talented individuals.”
Hutton commissioned Kate Pankhurst’s Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet and bought world rights via Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding. It will publish in the UK in February 2020.
Series editor Isobel Doster said: “We know Kate’s storytelling resonates with readers; we want them to read this book and feel hopeful, inspired, and know that any action, big or small, can be significant in the fight against climate breakdown.”
There will also be a new series for readers aged seven and above, in a black and white format, launching in July 2020: Fantastically Great Women: Scientists and their Stories as well as Artists and their Stories. Hutton acquired world rights for two books in the series from Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding.
Doster said: “The lives of these incredible women are sprawling and rich with drama, and so Kate’s had a lot of fun exploring them in more detail for an older audience.”
Additionally, Bloomsbury children’s will publish Marie Curie and Her Daughters in August 2020, written by sisters Imogen and Isabel Greenberg. Hutton commissioned the illustrator via Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. Bloomsbury has world rights.
“Marie Curie and her Daughters explores the life of one of the most accomplished scientists of all time alongside the stories of her two equally extraordinary daughters, Irene and Eve,” Bloomsbury said.
Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived, was also announced by the publisher as a highlight for the list, ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair next month. It will be written by Alexandra Stewart and illustrated by Emily Sutton. Hutton bought world all languages rights for the text from directly Stewart. Saskia Gwinn, children’s head of children’s non-fiction acquired the same rights for illustration from directly Sutton.
Editor Elaine Connolly said: “Jumbo’s story has been brought to vibrant life by Alex’s spectacular storytelling and Emily’s breathtakingly beautiful artwork. It will fascinate young and old alike.”