IPG Children's Publisher of the Year

Welcome to the Nosy Crow website.

Nosy Crow is a new, independent company, publishing children’s books and apps.

We publish high-quality, commercial fiction and non-fiction books for children aged from 0 to 14 from both well-known authors and illustrators and new talent.

We make innovative, multimedia, highly interactive apps for tablets, smart phones and other touchscreen devices. These apps are not existing books squashed onto phones, but instead are specially created to take advantage of the devices to tell stories and provide information to children in new and engaging ways.

What's Important to us?

Good books, good apps

We know it’s subjective, but Nosy Crow wants to be proud of everything that we publish and make. We want to be sure that it meets the need of a reader (or emerging reader), and meets that need as well as it possibly can. That means great illustration, great design, great audio, great video, great animation and really great writing. We go out of our way to find these things from new and established talents.

Authors, illustrators and creative talent

We recognise that it’s a privilege to be entrusted with other people’s creative work. We aim to be nurturing, responsive, speedy and fair in our relationships with authors, illustrators and other creative people. We want them to enjoy working with us and being part of Nosy Crow.

Our culture

We are very happy to be independent. We are very happy to be small (for now: we hope to grow, of course). We are very happy that we can be fast and responsive. All in all, we are very happy. We think that being happy and having fun is important and will make what we do better and more successful. We don’t have big meetings. We don’t have a corporate machine we need to feed. We make all our own decisions.

New technology

Apps, ebooks, websites, Facebook, Twitter… we actively embrace new technology in what we make, and in how we tell people about it.

Thinking internationally

We have, between us, decades of relationships and friendships in the international world of reading. In our careers, we have made books that have been successful throughout the world and we have a strong understanding of global markets. We are looking for books and apps that will translate well, and we look forward to selling our books and apps throughout the world.

 Being part of something bigger

We like being small, but we are proud to be part of a bigger industry. Nosy Crow is a member of the Publishers Association (www.publishers.org.uk), and of the Independent Publishers Guild (www.ipg.uk.com).

Doing the right thing

We source our full-colour print via Imago, a leading player in PREPS), which is a collaboration of major companies set up to enable informed and ethical choices when sourcing materials. We are committed to using paper that is 3 stars or more on the Egmont Grading System © which takes into account how the material has been harvested or recycled and how the forest source has been managed. Where appropriate and possible, we will use FSC or PEFC paper. Imago is also a founding member of Prelims, the book publishing industry’s initiative to promote and improve standards for socially responsible manufacturing.