SPCK to start children's list

SPCK to start children's list

The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), one of the oldest publishers in the UK, has launched a children’s list.

The publisher, which has existed since 1698, has released the “odd” children’s book in the past, but this is the first time it has set up a dedicated list. It will publish eight titles this year, and around six books annually thereafter.

Commercial director Alexandra McDonald said the children’s market was “particularly appealing” because it was a robust market with great opportunities for innovation. “We want to publish the very best Christian books, regardless of genre,” she said.

In August the publisher will release The Children’s Bible: 101 Favourite Bible Stories by writer Sally Ann Wright and illustrator Carla Manea (hardback, £9.99), as well as a series of six picture books based on the story of King David. The Young David series will be published in paperback, priced at £4.99 per title, and is written by Fiona Veitch Smith and illustrated by Amy Warmington.

Tracey Messenger, commissioning editor at SPCK, said the publisher was putting a particular emphasis on affordability. “Our market is very price-conscious—a lot of people are buying books for churches—so we wanted to keep our prices affordable.”

However, the books are “comparable” in terms of price to other children’s books in the market and the company wants them to have “gift appeal” beyond their religious message.

SPCK has already commissioned three of its picture books for next year: Noah and the Ark, Jonah and the Whale and Daniel and the Lion’s Den. All three will be illustrated by Dani Padron.