Simon & Schuster Children’s has commissioned two middle-grade anthologies featuring stories by authors such as Abi Elphinstone, Joanna Nadin and David Solomons, who last week won the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
Holiday Ha Ha Ha! is a collection of eight funny stories by Nadin, Solomons, Steve Cole, Jeremy Strong, William Sutcliffe, Steven Butler, Candy Harper and Jonathan Meres. It will be published in paperback on 30th June, with a cover by illustrator Jamie Littler.
In November, S&S will publish a hardback collection of winter stories, with tales about ice queens and snow dragons, entitled Winter Magic. Curated by Abi Elphinstone, the contributors are Michelle Magorian, Michelle Harrison, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward and Emma Carroll.
S&S holds the world rights to both books.
Jane Griffiths, senior commissioning editor for fiction, said: “Whether it’s stories that have children laughing out loud or magical tales that transport them to another time and place, the appetite for fantastic middle grade books has never been higher. Here at Simon & Schuster we wanted to celebrate the wealth of talent in the UK writing for this age group. These two anthologies bring together some of the most-loved authors writing today and we’re absolutely thrilled with both collections.”